KEN SMITH MEMOIRS: Pedallers keep wheels turning in Asia during WW2


An extract from the memoirs of former Balham CC secretary and Gazette club magazine editor Ken Smith, covering the World War Two years. They give an insight into the lives of a group of young men from the Balham and South London cycling community – some of whom never came back from war to ride again. Continue reading KEN SMITH MEMOIRS: Pedallers keep wheels turning in Asia during WW2

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BACKPEDAL: Mud and snow make for tough first Rough Stuff since WW2


London’s traditional “pipe-opener”, the Balham CC Rough Riders’ “25” proved to be 25 muddy miles of thrills and spills won in rather runaway fashion by East Londoner FT Devonald of the Viking RC. Continue reading BACKPEDAL: Mud and snow make for tough first Rough Stuff since WW2

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

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

MEMORABILIA: 1958 Diamond Jubilee Dinner Menu with Club History 1897-1957


Here’s the 1958 Diamond Jubilee Dinner Menu. It includes an overview of the Club’s first 60 years, which is reproduced in full. A fantastic find in a quest to tell the story of the once famous cycling club. Continue reading MEMORABILIA: 1958 Diamond Jubilee Dinner Menu with Club History 1897-1957

Club member’s collection shines light on Balham’s cycling past


A former club member shares some fantastic mementoes from his time with Balham CC. Highlights include a Diamond Jubilee Dinner menu with the history of the club from 1897 to 1957; 7 copies of the club newsletter The Balham CC Gazette from 1949; the 1949 club handbook and some great photos. Here’s our top 6 new facts gleaned from this latest treasure trove. Continue reading Club member’s collection shines light on Balham’s cycling past