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

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

The greatest cycling venue London never had: The rise and fall of Balham Hyde Farm


In the early 1890s Hyde Farm, Balham was set to become the premier cycling track in London. By 1896 it had closed with the land to be used for housing, a victim of construction to saturation point of cycling tracks in the good times, cycling’s sudden decline in popularity, and a champion cyclist’s determination to make Herne Hill the capital’s number one venue. Here’s the story of the greatest cycling venue London never had. Continue reading The greatest cycling venue London never had: The rise and fall of Balham Hyde Farm