The UK’s most iconic triathlon, running for 28 years, offering triathletes the chance to take on a stunning course in the historic location of Windsor.
Tuff presence at every year it has been staged;
Swim in the Thames, cycle around Windsor Great Park and run up the hill to the Castle (3 times)
- Sprint Triathlon: 750m Swim, 20km Bike, 5km Run £79
- Olympic Triathlon: 1.5km Swim, 40km Bike, 10km Run £89
Ride for a reason and join our celebrity ambassador and TV presenter Davina McCall on this bike ride raising funds for sick babies and children. Davina will be there in person to set you off on your way, and then she will ride the route to try to catch you up! You might just manage to catch her at one of the well-stocked rest stops or at the hearty BBQ lunch served at the finish line which is in the grounds of the beautiful East Sussex National Hotel.
Davina’s Big Sussex Bike Ride offers something for every level of rider : New to cycling? Then sign up for the Cool 21-mile route or why not try a slightly more challenging classic 40-mile route. For those more experienced riders we offer the Champion route at 68 miles.
The Big Sussex Bike Ride is designed and run by Action Medical Research and you’ll be raising money to fund the next medical breakthrough that will save and change little lives.
This is a fabulous and fun day for all and places are limited so sign up now!
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.
The document is split into the following sections:
- Hand Signals
Follow the Highway Code at all times – it applies to ALL road-users.
- Wear an approved cycle helmet, you will not be allowed to ride if you do not have one.
- 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).
- Cycle a maximum of two abreast in 2 close parallel lines where appropriate, focus on keeping it neat and tidy.
- Be prepared on small or busy roads to ride in single file.
- 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.
- 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.
- Brake as gently and smoothly as you safely can when riding in a pack-Cover your brakes at all times.
- 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.
- 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.
- Check over your shoulder for other riders or traffic before moving out to the right
- Slow right down when passing horses, and pass them as wide as it is safe to do so.
- 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
- Cycle with confidence. If you’re nervous you will tense up and then are less likely to be able to respond to things quickly.
- 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.
- 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
- Dress in appropriate clothing for the weather
- 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.
- 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).
- Overlap wheels, or nudge in between the wheels of the riders in front. You will come off if they move off their line
- Ride on tri / aero bars in packs as you will not be able to brake or steer quickly
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- “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.
- 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.
- 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:
-Keep tight to the cyclist next to you, and be prepared to cycle in single file
–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
-Usually at junctions to indicate there is a car coming
– To indicate that a junction is traffic free. You must check yourself and not rely on others.
–Hazard ahead, pay attention.
“Single out/ single file”
–Get into single file safely and promptly
The Madehurst South Downs 10K & 5k
Sunday 16th June 2019 at 10.30am
Held under UK Athletic Rules. UKA Licence applied for.
A scenic race using the roads, tracks, pathways and trails around Madehurst and the South Downs
** Medal & finish line goodies to all finishers **
10k Prizes/trophies for:
1st, 2nd, 3rd Males, Male Vet Categories 1-8, First Male Team (of 3)
1st, 2nd, 3rd Ladies, Lady Vet Categories 1-8, First Lady Team (of 3)
Prize giving and presentations approx 60 minutes after first runner home
Venue: Madehurst Cricket Club, Arundel, BN18 0NN
Toilets, changing facilities, baggage area and refreshments available
ENTRY LIMIT: 350.
The Beautiful surroundings at this location is great to take a long distance swim. The water is set in the lovely countryside of west Sussex high hills on all sides, wild birds and the iconic Ardingly College building in the back ground. The triangular swim course is based in the western side of the water and swims out from the Activity Centre to the middle of the water then back along the far side, then across in front of the main wall. All spectators will get a great view of the whole course.
There will be Activity Centre safety craft and lifeguards on duty to support you in your swim. Entries website is open until 8pm night before the race day, some entries on the day will be possible by arrangement with Race Organiser via email to email@example.com but you must register by 6.30pm latest..
There are changing toilets, shower facilities and cafe available in the Activity Centre. On a nice evening great place to BBQ with friends after the winners ceremony. Please Note: the venue will close at 9pm and all MUST vacate or be locked in.
Ardingly Resevoir, Ardingly RH17 6SQ
Long-3km, Medium-1.5km, Short-750m
Registration from 17.00hrs, Start time 1900hrs Prompt. Water will be cleared at 2040hrs
You will need to register BEFORE 6.30pm, the desk will be closed at this time (even if you are standing in front of it), car park using the college student and pre-prep school parking areas and walk down to the Activity Centre. This will save you £1 and time if the reservoir car park is full. PARKING MAP
You will need to complete the Waiver form HERE
WETSUITS ARE MANATORY FOR THE EVENT UP TO & INCLUDING 23 DEGREES.
Long-£24.00, Medium-£22.00, Short-£19.00. British Triathlon Day Licences £4.00
All competitors must be members of British Triathlon for the duration of the race.
A five mile off-road out and back course starting on the Lavant Village Green, heading north along Marsh Lane (Water Meadows) and picking up the Centurion Way to a turn-round point with finish at end of Marsh Lane. This race replaces for 2019 the Midsummer 5. We hope those regular runners of our mid-June event will support this new exciting race that has online entry and a burger (beef/veggie/vegan options) and beer/lager/soft drink included in the entry fee. Cash prizes for the first three men and women, plus prize for the first man and women in age categories U20, V40, V50, V60 and V70 as age on day of event. Only one prize per person. UKA Race Licence 2019-38032
NO entries on the day – online entries close Tuesday before at midnight
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)
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