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Mar
27
Fri
Swimathon weekend @ Various pools
Mar 27 @ 12:00 pm – Mar 29 @ 4:30 pm
Swimathon weekend @ Various pools

A challenge for everyone. A swim for all – Enter Swimathon 2019 and join Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie to raise as much money as possible for two causes close to the nation’s hearts. Swimathon 2019 will take place from Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 29 and with distances from 400m to 5k, there is a Swimathon challenge for you. Choose to take part in an organised Swimathon session or take part at a time and place which works for you with MySwimathon.

Mar
28
Sat
Saturday Evening Swim @ Freedom Leisure Littlehampton
Mar 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday Evening Swim @ Freedom Leisure Littlehampton | Rustington | United Kingdom

Structured swim session coached by our swim coaches. See the coaches page for more about how the swimming training adapts during the season.

It is recommended that a drinks bottle is brought along for poolside.

Please arrive no later than 10 minutes before the start of the session in order that you can pay; go and get changed and be poolside for the 5pm start

Tuff Fitty members are charged £4, but non club members are welcome to come and try for a couple of sessions to meet everyone at the non-member rate of £6

Mar
29
Sun
Tuff Fitty Club Cycles @ Littlehampton Pool - sea road
Mar 29 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Tuff Fitty Club Cycles @ Littlehampton Pool - sea road

There are many aspects to Tuff Fitty training but as we move into the multisport season, our members requirements are different. There are a large number who are training for longer distance events which include big miles in the saddle building up to and including the full Iron distance of 112 cycling.  Equally we have members who want the confidence in riding with a group.

With different groups we strongly recommend that you apply to join the “TUFF FITTY CYCLING GROUP” on Facebook. This members Facebook portal will give you the latest, particularly useful in the event of inclement weather, or where there are events where Tuff’s are out in force.       One of the groups switches to Mountain Bike rides on the first Sunday of the month

Whatever your ride; Please ensure you have read Tuff Fitty’s cycle etiquette below.   It is highly recommended that you tuck some money in your back pocket as time in the saddle can often end up with a coffee stop.

CYCLE ETIQUETTE

The document is split into the following sections:

  • Do’s
  • Don’ts
  • Calls
  • Hand Signals

 Do’s

 Follow the Highway Code at all times – it applies to ALL road-users.

  1. Wear an approved cycle helmet, you will not be allowed to ride if you do not have one.
  2. Ensure your bike is road worthy, brakes are fully operational and that your tyres are pumped up to the recommended PSI (as written on the tyre).
  3. Cycle a maximum of two abreast in 2 close parallel lines where appropriate, focus on keeping it neat and tidy.
  4. Be prepared on small or busy roads to ride in single file.
  5. Lead cyclists to navigate and point out hazards in the road by either shouting or using hand signals. Listen to them and act on the calls, and most importantly, repeat them for the cyclist behind you.
  6. Ride directly behind the wheel of the rider in front. If you cycle in the middle of the two wheels in front of you, you WILL push the cyclist on your outside into the path of passing vehicles.
  7. Brake as gently and smoothly as you safely can when riding in a pack-Cover your brakes at all times.
  8. Talk to each other. Point out either with hand signals or shouts, all potholes, manhole covers and other dangers in the road that could cause punctures or accidents. Follow the hand signals and calls of the riders in front as they will have seen the danger before you and then you can all communicate down the pack.
  9. If you are the back of the group and either see someone dropping or are being dropped it is your responsibility to call to the cyclists in front that the pace is too high. The pack must communicate this up to the front. The lead cyclists will not be aware if you start to drop. Ask them to slow down; it is your ride too.
  10. Check over your shoulder for other riders or traffic before moving out to the right
  11. Slow right down when passing horses, and pass them as wide as it is safe to do so.
  12. If you are feeling tired let people know. Accidents happen when people are tired and lose concentration. Everyone gets tired, let people know so they can slow the pace down and tuck you in the pack to carry you home 

Do’s continued:

  1. Cycle with confidence. If you’re nervous you will tense up and then are less likely to be able to respond to things quickly.
  2. Be realistic so that you enjoy the entire ride and don’t end up bonking after 1 hour, then forcing the pack to slow down for you.
  3. When approaching parked cars, if you see anyone sitting in the driver’s side, CAUTION, they could open the door on you, so ride wide if possible, or stop if necessary
  4. Dress in appropriate clothing for the weather
  5. Bring everything you might need. Prepare for every eventuality. For example, puncture kit, tyre levers, inner tubes, pump, allen key set, waterproof jacket, food, water, money, mobile, contact details in emergency.
  6. Plan your nutrition according to your ride duration. You will burn on average 500calories per hour when cycling. You should be drinking one 750ml bottle of water every hour. You must have enough food to last the entire ride (riders may not wish to stop, especially if it’s cold or wet).

Don’ts 

  1. Overlap wheels, or nudge in between the wheels of the riders in front. You will come off if they move off their line
  2. Ride on tri / aero bars in packs as you will not be able to brake or steer quickly
  3. Make any sudden movements/changes in direction off your line when in the pack. You are responsible for the cyclist behind you; they are following YOUR wheel they need to trust you.
  4. Ride off the front. This is a group ride, not a race. If you want to go faster then let the others know what you are going to do and if no one wants to join you then go off and enjoy your ride alone.
  5. Stop pedalling if you are on the front, even on downhill’s. The cyclists behind you will read this as you slowing and could be forced to brake and bunch up.
  6. “Zone out” on the wheel in front. Keep aware of everything that is going on around you, look ahead and that way you can avoid most hazards.
  7. Whip round the outside of the pack to get to the front unless in an emergency. Shout up the pack any communication. If you do need to get to the front then make sure you check in front and behind for cars, remember three abreast will push you out into oncoming traffic.
  8. Pull out at junctions without looking, having heard the “Clear” call from a fellow cyclist. Check whether there is a vehicle coming yourself.

 These are some calls you might hear. It is essential that you repeat them down the pack so everyone can hear:

“Car Up/Front/Back 

-Keep tight to the cyclist next to you, and be prepared to cycle in single file

 Hole”

 Upcoming pothole to avoid. This can also be followed by a direction i.e. “HOLE LEFT”.

Usually accompanied by a hand signal:

Slowing”  accompanied by gentle extended arm movement up and down to the side

-The cyclist in front needs to slow down for some reason.

Stopping” accompanied by outstretched arm pointing down with palm facing behind

 “Wait”

       -Usually at junctions to indicate there is a car coming

 Clear”

To indicate that a junction is traffic free. You must check yourself and not rely on others.

“Heads Up” 

    –Hazard ahead, pay attention.

“Single out/ single file”

 Get into single file safely and promptly

Burgess Hill Springtime Classic @ Burgess Hill
Mar 29 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Burgess Hill Springtime Classic @ Burgess Hill

2020 sees the 13th edition of the Burgess Hill Springtime Classic, one of Sussex’s most popular early-season sportives and a great chance to test (or build) your fitness ahead of the summer.

Three routes are on offer, Classic (72 miles), Challenge (53 miles) and Tour (35 miles).

As usual, the routes will be comprehensively signposted and feed stations will be on hand to keep you fuelled for the ride: three on the long route, two on the medium distance and one on the short.

Technical and First Aid Support will be provided en-route and a broom wagon will ensure that all riders return!

Electronic timing by Sportident for this event will mean that riders will get their time immediately after finishing and entrants will be able to download a certificate after the event.

With over 800 cyclists taking part each year, don’t miss this popular season starter!

Portsmouth Duathlon Race Series (three in total) @ Speakers Corner, Clarence Esplande.
Mar 29 @ 8:45 am – 9:45 am
Portsmouth Duathlon Race Series (three in total) @ Speakers Corner, Clarence Esplande. | England | United Kingdom

Believe & Achieve Events Ltd presents their Duathlon Series for 2018. Enter as an individual or as a pair, the runner does the first and the last run and the cyclist does the cycle leg.

A series of three events held

23rd February    Distance: 5km + 15km Bike + 5km Run  Event one start time – 8:45am

29th March         Distance : 7.5km + 17.5km + 5km Run    Event Two start time – 8:30am

19th April            Distance: 10km + 24km Bike + 5km Run   Event Three start time 8:00am

 

Cranleigh 15m /21m @ Cranleigh
Mar 29 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Cranleigh 15m /21m @ Cranleigh | England | United Kingdom

Medals to all finishers
NOTE: Runners NOT reaching the 15-mile point within 3 hrs. TIME LIMIT, will be requested NOT to continue on the 21-mile course (Let us know if this concerns you)
*Fifteen or Twenty One mile – the choice is yours on the day, even during the run!
The course comprises two laps of approximately 9 and 6 miles on undulating, mainly rural roads. For the ‘Twenty – One’ the second lap is repeated. *Actual distances 15miles 262 yards and 21miles 42 yards Course Measurement Certificate Nos. SEAA94/030 & 031 Highly recommended as a Pre-London test. CRANLEIGH Race HQ: O.S. Map No.187 Ref. 059390 is located between Guildford and Horsham on the B2128, which is east of the A281. Shere is to the north with Ewhurst and Dorking to the north-east. Post Code: GU6 8AF NOTE: On-line entries are available through SiEntries. Road Race Permit ARC 18/104

London Landmark Half Marathon @ Pall Mall - London
Mar 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
London Landmark Half Marathon @ Pall Mall - London | England | United Kingdom

London’s  half marathon through Westminster and the City returns for the second year. Heavily oversubscribed – did you get a ballot place? now just charity places available

Oversubscribed for this year, Starting in Pall Mall down to Nelsons Column, taking in many of the city’s sights. Royal Courts of Justice, St Pauls, Bank of England, Mounument and out to the Tower of London before back along the embankment (like the London Marathon) but instead of St James Park doubling back and finishing by Downing Street