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Jan
20
Sun
Tuff Fitty Club Cycles @ Littlehampton Pool - sea road
Jan 20 @ 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

Mar
28
Thu
No Thursday night swim
Mar 28 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
No Thursday night swim

The Littlehampton Pool closed Wednesday night to allow the transfer across to the new Littlehampton Wave on FRiday 29th at 11am

Therefore we have to advise that there is no swim this evening, but Thursday Swims restart at 8PM on thursday 4th april

May
3
Fri
Phoenix Aquathlon – @ Stoke Park
May 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Phoenix Aquathlon - @ Stoke Park | England | United Kingdom

The Phoenix Aquathlon Series is made up of four races for Tristar age groups (age 8-14), a race for youth/juniors and one for adults (age 15+) on a flat and fast circuit at The Guildford Lido. The swim takes place in the open air, 50m lido pool and the run is around the traffic free perimeter of Stoke Park.

The races are identical so it’s a great way to compare your times for each race and see how your fitness improves throughout the season! We welcome entrants of all abilities and really hope you’ll come along for an evening of fun and friendly racing.

 

Race dates are 3rd May / 7th June / 5th July / 2nd August

Jun
7
Fri
Phoenix Aquathlon – @ Stoke Park
Jun 7 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Phoenix Aquathlon - @ Stoke Park | England | United Kingdom

The Phoenix Aquathlon Series is made up of four races for Tristar age groups (age 8-14), a race for youth/juniors and one for adults (age 15+) on a flat and fast circuit at The Guildford Lido. The swim takes place in the open air, 50m lido pool and the run is around the traffic free perimeter of Stoke Park.

The races are identical so it’s a great way to compare your times for each race and see how your fitness improves throughout the season! We welcome entrants of all abilities and really hope you’ll come along for an evening of fun and friendly racing.

 

Race dates are 3rd May / 7th June / 5th July / 2nd August

Jul
5
Fri
Phoenix Aquathlon – @ Stoke Park
Jul 5 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Phoenix Aquathlon - @ Stoke Park | England | United Kingdom

The Phoenix Aquathlon Series is made up of four races for Tristar age groups (age 8-14), a race for youth/juniors and one for adults (age 15+) on a flat and fast circuit at The Guildford Lido. The swim takes place in the open air, 50m lido pool and the run is around the traffic free perimeter of Stoke Park.

The races are identical so it’s a great way to compare your times for each race and see how your fitness improves throughout the season! We welcome entrants of all abilities and really hope you’ll come along for an evening of fun and friendly racing.

 

Race dates are 3rd May / 7th June / 5th July / 2nd August

Jul
7
Sun
Challenge Roth @ Roth
Jul 7 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Challenge Roth @ Roth

The one and only Challenge Roth going since 1984 – fast course – with Tuff interest again this year – Good luck to Richard Hobbs

Jul
12
Fri
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.

Jul
14
Sun
Falmer Brighton Triathlon @ Virgin Active Falmer
Jul 14 @ 7:00 am – 9:30 am
Falmer Brighton Triathlon @  Virgin Active Falmer | England | United Kingdom

The event has a friendly atmosphere that is ideal for ‘newbies’ seeking their first sprint event, yet challenging for experienced competitors wanting a burn up Ditchling Beacon.
Enjoy a great event with great facilities.

Falmer Brighton Triathlon Swim 400m, Bike 27.7km, Run 5.1km Earlybird closes 01/04/2019 12:00am £35.00 ENTER ONLINE
Falmer Brighton Triathlon – Relay Swim 400m, Bike 27.7km, Run 5.1km Earlybird closes 01/04/2019 12:00am £45.00 ENTER ONLINE

Every year we donate the vast majority of the funds we raise to charity.

Natures Way Chichester Triathlon Festival @ Westgate Leisure Centre
Jul 14 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Natures Way Chichester Triathlon Festival @ Westgate Leisure Centre | England | United Kingdom

Junior events on the Saturday with the adults choosing from the following:-

Adult Olympic Distance Triathlon (600m Swim, 42k Bike, 10k Run)

Adult Sprint Distance Aquathlon (400m Swim, 5k Run)

Adult Sprint Distance Aquabike (400m Swim, 33k Bike)

BRAND NEW Adult Sprint Distance Duathlon (5k Run, 33k Bike, 5k Run)

Jul
26
Fri
Outlaw Triathlon (Full Distance ) @ National Watersport Centre -
Jul 26 @ 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
Outlaw Triathlon (Full Distance ) @ National Watersport Centre - | England | United Kingdom

 

Since the inaugural event in 2010, Outlaw Nottingham has grown into one of the UK’s most iconic long distance triathlons. In 2019, Outlaw Nottingham celebrated its tenth birthday albeit it in torrential race curtailing the bike

Despite growing in size and stature down the years, Outlaw Nottingham has retained its friendly, welcoming and inclusive environment. Whether you break a course record or finish at 11pm, everyone is guaranteed to receive a hero’s welcome when they cross the finish line.

The start, swim, transition and much of the run (including the finish) are all conveniently located within close proximity of each other within the National Water Sports Centre, making it the perfect event for spectators who will be able to cheer on their friends and loved ones on multiple occasions throughout the course of the event.

Also featuring on-site camping, excellent city centre hotels nearby, plenty of car parking and family friendly activities throughout the day, Outlaw Nottingham really is the perfect event for both athletes and spectators.