Hunt wins Balham trophy outright and goes on to claim national record


In the 1900’s AW Hunt was a well known record breaking Balham CC ‘crack’. The recent coming together of new material – not least a personal testimony in the club newsletter and memorabilia from his great niece – means we can now tell the story of his illustrious cycling career in the Balham CC colours. Continue reading Hunt wins Balham trophy outright and goes on to claim national record

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MEMORABILIA: Rough Stuff Route Map


In delving into the history of The Balham Rough Stuff we’ve got our hands on medals, race reports, race cards, photos and route descriptions but never a route map. Not until now that is. Continue reading MEMORABILIA: Rough Stuff Route Map

KEN SMITH MEMOIRS: Care free and Car free – The ’40s and ’50s South London cycling club scene


The final extract from the memoirs of former Balham CC secretary and Gazette club magazine editor Ken Smith, covering the post war years. A revealing look into club life and the lives of a group of young men from the Balham and South London cycling community in the 1940 and 1950s. Continue reading KEN SMITH MEMOIRS: Care free and Car free – The ’40s and ’50s South London cycling club scene

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