The discovery of four newspaper race reports gives us new insight into the early days of Balham CC including the revelation that Olympian W Lower was a member of the club. Continue reading BACKPEDAL: Record holder and Olympian race for top Balham honours in 1900s
Balham Cycling Club took a step nearer to relaunching on its 120th anniversary when a group of South London cycling enthusiasts and a local historian with a cycling club blog but no bike, met for the first time to hatch plans to reform the club. Continue reading Cyclists from Balham with bikes rally round non-Balham bloke with no bike in quest to relaunch Balham Cycling Club
In 1908 former Balham CC club amateur turned professional AE Wills broke the coveted motor-paced distance record of 60miles in an hour.
“I almost shudder when I think of my experience in that hour. I was like a man mesmerized, my actions being automatic. The vibration and rapid pedaling seemed to take all the life out of me”.
Here’s his story. Continue reading Wills on Fire: South Londoner smashes coveted 60-in-60 motor-paced world record