Balham Rough Stuff returns 92 years after first ride


One of the most famous rides in London cycling history returns to the sporting calendar. Continue reading Balham Rough Stuff returns 92 years after first ride

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KEN SMITH MEMOIRS: Cycling offers a great escape from 1930’s South London


An extract from the memoirs of former Balham CC secretary and Gazette club magazine editor Ken Smith, covering 1936-1939. With little editing, it gives an insight into the lives of a group of young men from the Balham and South London cycling community having fun before the second world war would change their lives forever. Continue reading KEN SMITH MEMOIRS: Cycling offers a great escape from 1930’s South London

21 years of momentoes, photos and memoirs presented to Club by family of former secretary


Cheryl Button, the daughter of former Balham Cycling Club (BCC) secretary Ken Smith, was in London in November and she had a surprise gift for the soon to be relaunched club. Ken was a member of the BCC between 1936 and 1957 and before his death in 2013, compiled a scrapbook of his most treasured club mementoes and photos. It also included his memoirs spanning 21 years of life as a South London cyclist. Continue reading 21 years of momentoes, photos and memoirs presented to Club by family of former secretary

BACKPEDAL: Vegetarians dominate at the 1928 Rough Stuff


In only its third year, the Balham Rough Stuff was already firmly established in the racing calendar. Several interesting names figured among the 100 on the starting card, including HEG Ferris and T Chambers, the Douglas rider, who had made the trip from Scotland specially for the race – his second in Southern England. Continue reading BACKPEDAL: Vegetarians dominate at the 1928 Rough Stuff

Cycling greats blaze Rough Stuff trail in the treacherous Balham classic


In 1925 Balham Cycling Club organised a club run with a twist – off-road, in modern parlance a cyclo-cross event. A year later the Balham Rough Stuff Open was born. By the early 1930s it had became not only the traditional season opener but also one of the most prestigious races on the national calendar, attracting some of the biggest names in cycling. Continue reading Cycling greats blaze Rough Stuff trail in the treacherous Balham classic