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Apr
21
Sun
Tuff Fitty Club Cycles @ Littlehampton Pool - sea road
Apr 21 @ 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

Portsmouth Duathlon Race Series (three in total) @ Speakers Corner, Clarence Esplande.
Apr 21 @ 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

24th February    Distance: 5km + 15km Bike + 5km Run  Event one start time – 8:45am

24th March         Distance : 7.5km + 17.5km + 5km Run    Event Two start time – 8:30am

21st April            Distance: 10km + 24km Bike + 5km Run   Event Three start time 8:00am

 

Apr
22
Mon
Lewes Easter Monday races @ Lewes Leisure Centre
Apr 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lewes Easter Monday races @ Lewes Leisure Centre | England | United Kingdom

Race 2 of the West Sussex Fun Run League on Bank holiday Monday 10K

Apr
23
Tue
Arundel Lido -Wetsuit Swim @ Arundel Lido - Queen Street
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Arundel Lido -Wetsuit Swim @ Arundel Lido - Queen Street | England | United Kingdom

Tuff Fitty’s annual first visit to Arundel Lido.

Before the Lido opens to the public, Tuff Fitty have hired the facility.  The heating will have been turned on by may not be quite up to operating temperature – Ideal conditions for us to hire to use as a wetsuit swim.

Heading into May it will not be long before the open water triathlons and open water swims occur. Therefore this is the ideal opportunity for you to ensure you can still get into your wetsuit for the coming season.

Cost £5 on the night.  We can start swimming at 7:00pm and have the pool until 8:00pm. We have also hired the cabin where there will be hot drinks available. We need to be off the site at 8:30pm.

We hope to have a good Tuff presence.

Apr
25
Thu
Swim Training @ Littlehampton Wave, Sea Road, Littlehampton
Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Swim Training @ Littlehampton Wave, Sea Road, Littlehampton

Our Thursday evening swim session which is led by our Club Coaches

Please arrive at least 10 minutes early, meeting in the seated area by the Cafe.  Swimmers pay Tuff Fitty officials thereafter we move through the reception barriers, into the changing village to be poolside ready for an 8pm start

The cost is £4 for members but if you are not a member of Tuff Fitty we welcome your attendance for two or three sessions at the non-member rate of £6. After this time if you wish to continue we would ask that you join our club as a member.   All you need is your swim costume and goggles, but we do recommend a drinks bottle for poolside (no glass bottles though). (fancy trisuits are kept for races)

The changing village has lockers which take a £1 coin (refunded)

 

Apr
27
Sat
Saturday Evening Swim @ Freedom Leisure Littlehampton
Apr 27 @ 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

Apr
28
Sun
Uckfield Triathlon/Duathlon @ Uckfield Leisure Centre
Apr 28 @ 7:30 am – 9:45 am
Uckfield Triathlon/Duathlon @ Uckfield Leisure Centre | England | United Kingdom

Once again this popular event returns for it’s TWO dates in 2019. First staged in 1997 it has a standard distance triathlon in addition to the Sprint, Supersprint events. Also again this year is a Youth and Junior Triathlon (15-19yrs) and a Duathlon (r/b/r) for those that don’t lke getting their feet wet. A great small friendly event with quiet wide roads and a tree lined run route.

Free parking, catering in the leisure centre, medals for all compeitors, trophies for winners.

VENUE:
Uckfield Leisure Centre, Downsview Crescent, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1UB.

START TIMES:
Registration 06.30hrs, Start time 0730hrs

DISTANCES: 
Standard Triathlon s600m-b22km-r5.25km,
Sprint Triathlon s400m-b16.5km-r3.5km,
GoTri-Supersprint Triathlon s200m-b10.5km-r1.75km,
Youth and Junior Triathlon⟨15-19yrs⟩ s400-b16.5km-r3.5km,
Duathlon r3.5km-b16.5km-r1.75km,
Standard RELAY Triathlon, Sprint RELAY Triathlon

OFFERS:
*Get a SPRINT/ Super-SPRINT Triathlon race entry for 40% OFF if you committ to counting the lengths of the Standard event competitors that starts first.
⟨Discount code required is COUNTLAPSUCK19only 4 places available. ⟩. All offers are limited and on a first come basis, no refunds available

The Puncheur Sportive @ Ditchling Village
Apr 28 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Puncheur Sportive @ Ditchling Village | Ditchling | England | United Kingdom
  • HOW FAR? 62 miles, fully signed route
  • CLIMBING? ~1350m, Summit finish, Ditchling Beacon
  • FEEDSTATION? At 33 miles – energy drink and lots of great food from Infinity Foods. Pasta Pomodoro at HQ afterwards (included in price).
  • HOW MANY RIDERS? 500
  • HOW MUCH TO ENTER? £28.50
  • HOW HARD? As hard as you make it but it’s no walk in the park. Check the standards here
Tuff Fitty Club Cycles @ Littlehampton Pool - sea road
Apr 28 @ 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

Angmering Trail Runs 10k & 10m @ Fox Pub Arundel Rd
Apr 28 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Angmering Trail Runs 10k & 10m @ Fox Pub Arundel Rd | Patching | England | United Kingdom

Run by our friends at Raw Energy Pursuits

The Angmering Park Estate has once again given us permission to run through their impressive grounds for the 15th Bluebell Trail run in 2019. The courses include the popular 10 mile and 10km trail run around the estate at the height of the bluebell season in West Sussex. The 10 miler takes athletes along ‘The View’ and down private tracks to the foot of the South Downs before returning through the bluebells and the finish at The Fox Pub. The views are stunning!