BACKPEDAL: 1947 Rough Stuff cancelled during record breaking cold snap


We’ve managed to get our hands on the 1947 Rough Stuff entry form, guidance notes, start list, directions and map for the event. Continue reading BACKPEDAL: 1947 Rough Stuff cancelled during record breaking cold snap

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

MEMORABILIA: 1932 Handbook reveals Balham CC’s all-star supporting cast


If cycling history is your thing then you’ll understand why at BCC Towers we got very excited seeing the names of WJ Pett, HW Bartleet and JCP Tacagni in a recently obtained 1932 Club Handbook. All three were major players in cycling at the turn of the 20th century and all three are listed as club vice-presidents. Continue reading MEMORABILIA: 1932 Handbook reveals Balham CC’s all-star supporting cast

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