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Aug
25
Sun
Tuff Fitty Club Cycles @ Littlehampton Pool - sea road
Aug 25 @ 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

Tuff Fitty Sea Swim @ "The Beach"
Aug 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuff Fitty Sea Swim @ "The Beach" | Rustington | England | United Kingdom

The Tide is right, how about a sea swim

Tuff Fitty are looking to stage more sea swims this year and scheduled in here as the tide is at a suitable time.

The staging of this swim is clearly very dependant on sea conditions, temperature and that there is sufficient safety in numbers, therefore :-

PLEASE CHECK THE TUFF FITTY FORUM OR THE SEPARATE TUFF FITTY SWIMMING GROUP ON FACEBOOK FOR DETAILS TOGETHER WITH CONFIRMED TIMES

Please wear a brightly coloured swim cap – it has been suggested to arrive 10 minutes before high tide in order that everyone can get suited up.

Aug
31
Sat
Saturday Morning Run @ Lower Castle Gates, Mill Road. Arundel
Aug 31 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Saturday Morning Run @ Lower Castle Gates, Mill Road. Arundel | England | United Kingdom

A run early on Saturday morning can set you up for the weekend.  Meet in Mill Road Arundel by the lower Castle gates. As an early start no need to arrive very early, but the runners cater off at 7:30am.

A variety of routes up into Arundel Park, or across to Rewell Woods or a run out to Warningcamp and Angmering Park.  As a minimum the route is usually up to 10 miles but for those undertaking spring marathons the mileage does tend to rise through the Autumn heading up towards the South Downs. The route is ideal for some undulations and usually is off road unless the weather conspires against us.

All abilities welcome.   Upon return to Arundel a number will stay for a coffee (and something to eat if a sufficiently high mileage has been undertaken) so you may wish to bring a dry top and some money.  This offer is not obligatory if you fancy a run, yet would prefer to return straight home

A great way to start the weekend, have you tried it yet?

Sep
1
Sun
Sussex Triathlon “Original” @ Ashburnham Place, Battle UK
Sep 1 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sussex Triathlon "Original" @ Ashburnham Place, Battle  UK   | England | United Kingdom

9th Year of the Sussex Triathlon Festival set from the stunning grounds of Ashburnham Place, Near Battle, East Sussex.
Three race distance choices – Sprint, Standard and Middle.
This event has a stunning course and is a true test for every athlete in all three distances.

Sussex Triathlon 2018 Middle Distance Swim 1900m, Bike 80km, Run 20km
Sussex Triathlon 2018 Sprint Distance Swim 750m, Bike 20km, Run 5km
Sussex Triathlon 2018 Standard Distance Swim 1500m, Bike 40km, Run 5km

 

Tuff Fitty Club Cycles @ Littlehampton Pool - sea road
Sep 1 @ 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

Tuff Fitty Sea Swim @ "The Beach"
Sep 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuff Fitty Sea Swim @ "The Beach" | Rustington | England | United Kingdom

The Tide is right, how about a sea swim

Tuff Fitty are looking to stage more sea swims this year and scheduled in here as the tide is at a suitable time.

The staging of this swim is clearly very dependant on sea conditions, temperature and that there is sufficient safety in numbers, therefore :-

PLEASE CHECK THE TUFF FITTY FORUM OR THE SEPARATE TUFF FITTY SWIMMING GROUP ON FACEBOOK FOR DETAILS TOGETHER WITH CONFIRMED TIMES

Please wear a brightly coloured swim cap – it has been suggested to arrive 10 minutes before high tide in order that everyone can get suited up.

Cycle Chain Gang @ Highdown Hill, Highdown Rise Goring By Sea
Sep 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cycle Chain Gang @ Highdown Hill, Highdown Rise Goring By Sea

Organised for Tuff Fitty by Joe Pascoe & Tom Goddard

The evening has the format of  3 x 8.3 km laps starting and finishing at the lower Highdown car park.  Which is off the A259 Littlehampton Road, up Highdown Rise – post code on the event location

1st lap will be steady, practising rotating, sharing work on the front effectively, staying as a group. 2nd a little quicker but staying as a group. On the final lap people can attack the group and the rest can work together to bring them back. Finally a sprint up to the Highdown pub for a well deserved pint (people are welcome to peel off early to go to the pub).

A few simple rules to adhere to:

Helmets and lights are compulsory

If you have aero bars do not use them when in the group

Do not ride more than two abreast

Only overtake on the right

-If you are not feeling strong enough to take your turn on the front, don’t worry, just wave the next person through

-Take particular care at roundabouts, it’s not a race, just a bit of fun!

Tom & Joe hope to see a lot of Tuff’s there.  If you are to attend it would help to get there in plenty of time or if you feel you will be tight for time advise on Facebook under the entry so the riders can wait for you

Sep
7
Sat
Saturday Morning Run @ Lower Castle Gates, Mill Road. Arundel
Sep 7 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Saturday Morning Run @ Lower Castle Gates, Mill Road. Arundel | England | United Kingdom

A run early on Saturday morning can set you up for the weekend.  Meet in Mill Road Arundel by the lower Castle gates. As an early start no need to arrive very early, but the runners cater off at 7:30am.

A variety of routes up into Arundel Park, or across to Rewell Woods or a run out to Warningcamp and Angmering Park.  As a minimum the route is usually up to 10 miles but for those undertaking spring marathons the mileage does tend to rise through the Autumn heading up towards the South Downs. The route is ideal for some undulations and usually is off road unless the weather conspires against us.

All abilities welcome.   Upon return to Arundel a number will stay for a coffee (and something to eat if a sufficiently high mileage has been undertaken) so you may wish to bring a dry top and some money.  This offer is not obligatory if you fancy a run, yet would prefer to return straight home

A great way to start the weekend, have you tried it yet?

Sep
8
Sun
Crawley Late Summer Tri @ K2 Centre
Sep 8 @ 6:30 am – 9:30 am
Crawley Late Summer Tri @ K2 Centre | England | United Kingdom
Sprint Swim 600m, Bike 22km, Run 6km
Super Sprint Swim 400m, Bike 22km, Run 4km

 

Tuff Fitty Club Cycles @ Littlehampton Pool - sea road
Sep 8 @ 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