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
The 1904 World Track Championships are worthy of these pages thanks to two Balham greats. Continue reading BACKPEDAL: Balham CC and the 1904 UCI Track World Championships
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
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