Sydney Clough was born 1916 in Clare, South Australia, a competitive cyclist who raced in many of the state’s country towns.
Clough had already built a name for himself in his early 20’s and by 1940 cyclists Ford Nott and Clough travelled to Kapunda to compete at the local annual sports carnival. Nott won his heat in the Wheel Race, as also did Clough.
In the final, Clough won from the two Adelaide champions, Ron Whitehorn and Vic Dodman, the time for the mile being 2 mins.
Clough also won the Wheel Race for riders within 60 miles of Moonta (S.A); these riders had won over £50 in prize money over the current season.
In June 1952 the Kadina Professional Cycling club conducted a series of track races on the Moonta show grounds. Weather conditions were dull but calm, and the track was in fairly good order.
Clough who had such a successful track season in ‘”Open” carnivals throughout South Australia was ready to display his superb form and achieve a successful racing day.
In the Two-lap Handicap, he rode strongly to defeat Moonta rider, D. Lanyon by six lengths. And then Clough completed his double when he won the three-lap Handicap by 1 1/8 length from D. Lanyon. He completed a most successful day by gaining third place in the Eight-lap Wheel race after he had ridden for several laps on his own.
More wins to his name at the 1944 racing event conducted by the Kadina Cycling Club, a six lap’s road racer around their railway block.
Clough was on top form and caught K. Stringer in the first lap and these two riders put on the pace in an effort to overtake the front markers. In the sprint for the line Clough won by a wheel.
The Kadina Cycling Club held a 12-mile to Wallaroo and return in 1949; eleven riders faced the starter with the limit rider of 5 mins handicap.
Clough showed some of his old form in this race and riding off the 1 min. mark, he caught the leaders about two miles from home and kept the pace going to register the fastest time ahead of M. Hicks and L. Smith.
In the senior 54-mile race held in 1953 by the Kadina Cycling Club, S. Clough and M. Hicks conceded 1 min. 25secs. to the limit rider R. Haylock. All the riders bunched around about 11 miles from home and a battle of tactics developed and in a very fast finish Clough came from behind and downed Hicks by half a wheel with Galliford a length further back. The trophy for the winner of this race was presented by Mr Des Clifton, who was a prominent rider year’s back.
Clough being a successful rider was also managing his own cycle store, from the mid 1930’s Clough operated a bike store in Kadina in 22 Street, Kadina; he was an agent for Malvern Star bikes and other English makes, regularly advertised in the local paper.
By the late 1930’s he moved to 36 Taylor Street and was known as the Yorke Peninsula leading cycle specialist.
Towards the late 1940’s he became the authorized agent for Super Elliott’s, operating at a new address of 4 Graves St. Kadina.
Clough continued right up to the 1950’s supplying the South Australian country with their cycling needs and knowledge attained over the years.