From History Blog to Cycling Club: 2017 in Review


If 2016 was the year of thumbing through vintage cycling annuals and resurrecting the Balham CC story, then 2017 was the year of the ride. The year a niche cycling blog morphed into a cycling club. Here’s our year in review. Continue reading From History Blog to Cycling Club: 2017 in Review

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

Cyclists from Balham with bikes rally round non-Balham bloke with no bike in quest to relaunch Balham Cycling Club


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

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

The Rider, the Builder and the Austerity Games Maker: Balham CC and the Olympics


With Team GB in Rio for the Olympic Games, the blog looks at the Balham CC men with links to the greatest show on earth – a cyclist who made it to the 1920 road race squad, a frame-builder who’s bikes were used at the 1932 games and the man in charge of entertaining the world’s cycling dignitaries on 250 quid in London, 68 years ago. Continue reading The Rider, the Builder and the Austerity Games Maker: Balham CC and the Olympics