BACKPEDAL: Mud and snow make for tough first Rough Stuff since WW2


London’s traditional “pipe-opener”, the Balham CC Rough Riders’ “25” proved to be 25 muddy miles of thrills and spills won in rather runaway fashion by East Londoner FT Devonald of the Viking RC. Continue reading BACKPEDAL: Mud and snow make for tough first Rough Stuff since WW2

BACKPEDAL: Vegetarians dominate at the 1928 Rough Stuff


In only its third year, the Balham Rough Stuff was already firmly established in the racing calendar. Several interesting names figured among the 100 on the starting card, including HEG Ferris and T Chambers, the Douglas rider, who had made the trip from Scotland specially for the race – his second in Southern England. Continue reading BACKPEDAL: Vegetarians dominate at the 1928 Rough Stuff

Cycling greats blaze Rough Stuff trail in the treacherous Balham classic


In 1925 Balham Cycling Club organised a club run with a twist – off-road, in modern parlance a cyclo-cross event. A year later the Balham Rough Stuff Open was born. By the early 1930s it had became not only the traditional season opener but also one of the most prestigious races on the national calendar, attracting some of the biggest names in cycling. Continue reading Cycling greats blaze Rough Stuff trail in the treacherous Balham classic