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

Cycle in South London like it’s 1885: the rides and times of a Victorian trailblazer (Part 1)


A 19th century South London cyclist has set a 21st century Strava challenge. He didn’t know it at the time, but when our Victorian trailblazer was writing about rides and times in his diary, he was chronicling some of the earliest ‘personal bests’ in London on record. 131 years on that means times to beat! Continue reading Cycle in South London like it’s 1885: the rides and times of a Victorian trailblazer (Part 1)

Laying off the watercress and tucking-in to seakale: South London cyclists in the 1870s cycling boom


The year is 1878. Balham is home to a newly formed cycling club, cycling is becoming a popular sport and leisure activity and South London is home to some of the leading riders and bicycle makers of the day. Continue reading Laying off the watercress and tucking-in to seakale: South London cyclists in the 1870s cycling boom

Butler serves Balham and makes Marque on Olympics


The first week investigating the life and times of Balham Cycling Club has thrown up a bona fide cycling ‘A’ lister. Claud Butler is a familiar name to anyone with an interest in cycling. A bicycle dealer and frame-builder his cycles and tandems were used at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics and numerous World Championships. This is his Balham CC story. Continue reading Butler serves Balham and makes Marque on Olympics