BACKPEDAL: The Season Begins – SM Butler Again Wins the Balham Rough and Tumble ‘25’


The 1935 Balham Rough Stuff race report in Cycling Magazine is clearly written by a frustrated novelist. Read on for fine use of the words ‘dint’ and ‘gambolled’ Continue reading BACKPEDAL: The Season Begins – SM Butler Again Wins the Balham Rough and Tumble ‘25’

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

Balham’s Bragg bursts onto cycling scene to make 1920 World and Olympic squads


Balham Cycling Club member Basil Bragg only took up cycling seriously in 1919, but within a year he had made the Great Britain road race squads for the 1920 Olympics and World Championships. A former Balham Club champion and honorary life member we’ve pieced together what we know about Basil, one of the most phenomenal talents of his generation. Continue reading Balham’s Bragg bursts onto cycling scene to make 1920 World and Olympic squads

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