Timeline

As the story of Balham Cycling Club develops I will add key dates and events to this page.

* approximate date

Date & Event

1878 First record of a Balham Cycling Club in existence

1880 23rd July Cyclist A Head rides in the Quarter Mile Handicap. The oldest race report mentioning a Balham CC, from the Worcester Journal dated 24th July 1880

1892 Balham CC Headquarters: Church Institute, Wandsworth Common Honorary Secretary: F Evans Address: 77 Wroughton Rd, Wandsworth Common Captain:John Nutting Uniform: CTC Grey First Minutes 1878

1893 Balham CC Headquarters: Church Institute, Wiseton Road, Upper Tooting Honorary Secretary: F Evans Address: 77 Wroughton Road, Wandsworth Common Captain: HL Butterworth Uniform: Grey Members 60 First Minutes 1878

1894 Balham CC Headquarters: Balham Conservative Club Honorary Secretary: Albert E Garnham Address: Beulah Hill, Norwood Captain: WA Farnham Uniform: Grey Suit and Cap with Silver Badge First Minutes 1892

1897 Our’ Balham CC was founded by George R. Huntley, who later became the licensee of the Balham Hotel (now The Regent Pub)

1898 Balham CC Headquarters: 2, Bedford Hill, Balham Honorary Secretary Henry R Walker Address 3, Grand Parade, Balham Hill Formed 1897 Members 65

1898 Balham Social CC Headquarters: Bedford Hotel, Balham Honorary Secretary Fred W Ball Address 52, Bedford Hill, Balham Captain Alf J Ife Formed September 1897 Open to ladies Members 40

1904 3rd-10th September UCI World Track Championships: J McKinlay represents Balham CC on the undercard in the Amateur Half-Mile Open Handicap

1905 19th July Club Championships at Crystal Palace: Winners – Quarter-Mile Handicap (Huntley Cup) W Lower; One-Mile Handicap (Cartwright and Etches Cup) AW Hunt; Five-Mile Handicap (Langford Cup) A Robinson

1906 Club Championships at Crystal Palace: Winners – Quarter-Mile Handicap (Huntley Cup) S Ingram; One-Mile Handicap (Cartwright and Etches Cup) A Swonnell; Five-Mile Handicap (Langford Cup) A Robinson

1907 3rd July Club Championships at Crystal Palace: Winners – Quarter-Mile Handicap (Huntley Cup) H Tozer; One-Mile Handicap (Cartwright and Etches Cup) W Lower; Five-Mile Handicap (Langford Cup) WG Parks

1908 14th July W Lower represents Great Britain in the 20km cycling race at the London Olympics going out at the semi-final stage

1908 21st July Club Championships at Crystal Palace: Winners – Quarter-Mile Handicap (Huntley Cup) F Marshall; One-Mile Handicap (Cartwright and Etches Cup) F Marshall; Five-Mile Handicap (Langford Cup) A Swonnell

*1907-1914 The photo that is the inspiration for this project is taken

1908 17th August Former club member Albert Wills breaks the 60mile barrier for 1 hour motor-paced in Munich

1913 Photograph of the Balham CC taken

*1915-1930 Acclaimed bike frame builder Claud Butler is a social and race member of Balham CC

1919 1st June Basil Bragg records the fastest time in the Catford CC 50

1919 13th June Basil Bragg records the fastest time at the Highgate CC 50

1920 1st January Cycling magazine lists Basil Bragg as a top prospect for the year ahead.

1920 28th March Basil Bragg records the fastest time at the Forest CC 25

1920 8th May Basil Bragg records the fastest time at the North London 50

1920 16th May Basil Bragg records the fastest time at the Catford CC 50

1920 28th May Basil Bragg wins the Half-Mile Cycle Handicap; Mile Cycle Handicap and Mile Cycle Scratch at the Tunbridge Wells Sports Meeting. FW Gurr knocked out in heats.

1920 19th June Basil Bragg crashes in the Kentish Wheelers NCU 50 mile tandem paced championship for the Palmer Cup at Herne Hill

1920 3rd July Basil Bragg enters the Speedwell BC 100 and comes third

1920 June/July Basil Bragg named in 1920 Olympic Road Race squad and World Road Race Squad

1921  Basil Bragg named in the British squad for the World Road Race Championships

1925 The first Balham off-road race which would become the legendary Balham Rough Stuff 25

1928 26th February 1928 Balham Rough Stuff: Balham’s Turner finishes 15th, Len Cave & HEG Ferris make it a Vegetarian C&AC 1-2 and ensure the team prize goes the same way.

1932 1-3 August Claud Butler’s bikes are used at the 1932 Olympic Games

1935 February 1935 Balham Rough Stuff: Stan Butler makes it three wins in four years. Two Addiscombe CC riders are in the top four but Calleva RC take the team prize.

1937 3rd March 1937 Balham Rough Stuff: Norwood Paragon’s Willett and Butler take first and second but Addiscombe CC take home the team prize in a raging blizzard

1940 13th May The Balham Cycling Club Open 50 Miles Handicap and Team Trial is held

1947 18th January Night of the Balham Cycling Club Prize Presentation and Gala Dance at the Express Rooms, St John’s Hill, Clapham Junction

1947 18th January 1948 Balham Rough Stuff: Viking RC’s FT Devonald wins and Addiscombe CC take home the team prize

1948 July/August Balham CC Vice President Len Vanner becomes Chair of the 1948 London Olympic Games Entertainments and Reception Committee

1958 18th January Night of the Balham Cycling Club Diamond Jubilee Dinner Prize Presentation and Dance at the Express Rooms, St John’s Hill, Clapham Junction

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2017 22nd January  The Balham rides again!

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