Calendar

Mar
16
Mon
The Tuff Calendar of events/training has been suspended whilst Government restrictions apply
Mar 16 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm
Jun
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World ITU Triathlon Leeds @ Roundhay Park, Leeds
Jun 6 2020 @ 7:00 am – Jun 8 2021 @ 11:00 am
World ITU Triathlon Leeds @ Roundhay Park, Leeds | England | United Kingdom

With an inspirational performance from Georgia Taylor-Brown taking her first World Triathlon Series win, to the thousands of amateur participants finishing on the blue carpet in Millennium Square having achieved their own personal goals, the 2019 AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds delivered… And now, we’re back for more!

Make triathlon your personal challenge in 2020 and join the thousands of first time and amateur triathlete who will take to the streets of Leeds on the 6 & 7 June 2020 and is set to be bigger and better than ever before, offering participants an unforgettable experience in the country’s beating heart of the sport.

Jul
3
Fri
Wales Long Course Weekend @ Tenby
Jul 3 2020 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 4 2021 @ 12:00 pm
Wales Long Course Weekend @ Tenby

Enter now and make sure you’re a part of Wales’ biggest festival of sport! Taking place over 3 days, on Friday you’ll tackle a 2.4 mile swim, before a 112 mile cycle on Saturday and a 26.2 mile marathon on Sunday.  It is possible to enter each event separately and undertake shorter distances

Pembrokeshire plays host annually to one of the most difficult triathlons in Wales – the Long Course Weekend. This unique event lasts three days in mid-July, accommodating some of the best triathlon talent in the UK and the world, including a number of IRONMAN UK athletes, serving as the perfect preparation and build up to the IRONMAN Wales event in September.

To kick-off the weekend on Friday evening, the Long Course athletes have The Wales Swim to complete – a 2.4 mile swim that takes place on Tenby’s North Beach. On Saturday their attention turns to The Wales Sportive, and 112 miles of undulating Welsh countryside lined with enthusiastic crowds. To finish the weekend, the athletes have the small task(!) of completing the 26.2 miles of The Wales Marathon, which is quickly establishing itself as a fantastic event in its own right.

More than 20,000 competitors have attempted the difficult terrain and challenging weather conditions on this punishing route since its first event in 2010. Of last year’s 1000 Long Course Weekend athletes, only around half could manage to cross the finish line and collect the final piece of the event’s unique medal design.

Jul
11
Sat
Saturday Evening Swim @ Freedom Leisure Littlehampton
Jul 11 @ 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

Bournemouth Pier to Pier Sunset Swim @ Bournemouth Pier Approach
Jul 11 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Bournemouth Pier to Pier Sunset Swim @ Bournemouth Pier Approach

Dive in to our Pier to Pier Sunset Swim in July, on our 30th celebration weekend, where you’ll brave the English channel in this incredible 1.4 mile afternoon open water challenge from Bournemouth to Boscombe Piers.

To sign up for the Pier to Pier Sunday swim visit the Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim

  • Full water safety cover
  • Branded swim hat
  • Timing chip and wristband to wear during the swim
  • Baggage transport from start to finish location
  • A training guide from Outdoor Swimmer
  • Fundraising support
  • Full lifeguard and medical support
  • A medal and recorded swim time for all finishers
  • A complimentary hot drink and water at the finish
Jul
12
Sun
Ironman UK Bolton @ PenningtonFlash
Jul 12 @ 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
Ironman UK Bolton @ PenningtonFlash | England | United Kingdom

Ironman UK,

Dubbed one of the UK’s friendliest towns, Bolton has something for everyone in the IRONMAN family. Athletes can take a nature walk with the kids, go shopping, and dine in cozy pubs and restaurants as they prepare for race day.

The beautiful lake swim takes place in Pennington Flash. There are numerous viewing opportunities for spectators at the start and T1.

Cyclists will embark on a 112-mile, two-loop journey from Pennington Flash and onto the breathtaking Lancashire countryside. The bike course includes the famous Sheep House Lane climb twice where spectators can get up close and personal with the athletes in true Tour de France style. The run begins at T2 at Queens Park and athletes will head into Bolton town centre, out and back through Queens Park completing four loops before finishing in Victoria Square.

 

 

National Aquathlon Championships – Worthing @ Goring by Sea
Jul 12 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am
National Aquathlon Championships - Worthing @ Goring by Sea

A testing Aquathlon set in the seaside town of Worthing on the South Coast with a 750m Sea Swim and a flat promenade run to the Pier. This is a great place to spend a weekend for the whole family.

The National Aquathlon Championships will be part of the Worthing Triathlon which has been described as a Bear Grylls event in that competitors are tested by the elements in all 3 disciplines, in this case just the two (swim/run).  There is no hiding place at Worthing, but that’s why the event has been so successful for 18 years and competitors leave with a sense of achievement.

The beach start sea swim can be testing depending on conditions. Water quality is good and the swim has only been cancelled once in 18 years. We have contingency plans for an alternative swim course.

The one lap run course is fast and flat with a palm tree lined promenade and turn points at the historic Lido and Pier.

The finish and transition area are on a wide expanse of grass adjoining the promenade path with great vantage points for spectators in their own little amphitheatre.

The event will be based on Marine Crescent, Goring-by-Sea, Worthing, West Sussex, BN12 4JE.

est Sussex, BN18 9PB.

Ocean Lake Triathlon (South East Senior Series) @ leybourne Lakes
Jul 12 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Ocean Lake Triathlon (South East Senior Series) @ leybourne Lakes

Part of the BTF South East Senior series

Tuff Fitty Club Cycles @ Littlehampton Pool - sea road
Jul 12 @ 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

Worthing Triathlon (Standard dist Tuff Fitty Club Championship Race) @ Goring Beach
Jul 12 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Worthing Triathlon (Standard dist Tuff Fitty Club Championship Race) @ Goring Beach | England | United Kingdom

Worthing Triathlon is one of the original sea swim events and has been going since 2003. We’re located on the beautiful West Sussex coastline between Brighton and Chichester where the water quality has been good for the last few years. Three race distances are available, Standard, Sprint or Relay which are suitable for all abilities.  Our Race HQ is on the grass by the Alinora Boat Ramp, Marine Crescent (near the Yacht Club BN12 4JE), Goring Beach, Worthing.  This is a quiet shingle and sand beach with acres of grass alongside the promenade. Spectators have a great view of all the action and can sit on the grass above the transition area in their own little amphitheatre!

The Sprint distance is 750m swim, 21km bike and 5km run; the Relay Triathlon is held over the Standard distance. The Worthing Triathlon has been described as a ‘Bear Grylls’ event in that competitors are tested by the elements in all 3 disciplines.  There is no hiding place at Worthing, but that’s why the event has been so successful for 16 years and competitors leave with a sense of achievement. Conditions vary with wind, currents and the tide all having an effect. Excellent safety coverage from the Council Safety RIBS, Surfer Skis, Sailing Club RIBS and our experienced kayak team together with beach spotters.

The bike course is an out and back rolling course on A class roads through the South Downs National Park via Long Furlong and it’s beautiful views before heading back downhill into Goring-by-Sea. The run course is fast and flat with a palm tree lined promenade and turn points at the historic Lido and Pier.