Coeur Sports Launches “Collective Beat” Community

Coeur Sports has announced they will launch the Collective Beat women’s triathlon community in 2018:

We created The Collective Beat so that we could expand our community beyond our team of ambassadors and professionals. The goal is to draw in more amazing women who are instinctively aligned with the Coeur mission of building a nation of encouraging, supportive, and positive endurance sports athletes.

Our goal is to help make connections that can last a lifetime.

There will be a nominal fee to join The Collective Beat and we wanted to share our thinking behind the program and also tell everyone about the benefits.

So, let’s start with the benefits. We set up the benefits so that members will receive much more in value than the cost of membership. First, members will receive a $200 clothing allowance that can be used to purchase some beautiful and exclusive apparel.

To see the full line, just go to the Collective Beat page on the Coeur Website

The gear will be designed specifically for TCB members and will be delivered around the first of April next year. Just as the North American Tri Season gets going.

Members will also receive a free women’s specific triathlon training plan that was developed by the ladies over at Hardcoeur coaching. These plans retail for up to $149.99 and we have a selection of distances that range from sprint to full iron distance.

We’ll also be giving members an an unlimited use, 20% discount code that is good all year long for Coeur Sports and Zele by Coeur products. You’ll be able to begin using your discount as soon as you join and it can be used on the new 2018 line that we just rolled out.

Plus, our amazing partners are also providing some incredible discounts. So if you’ve ever wanted to try something from great companies, like Barnanas, Zelios, Breakthrough Nutrition, Normatek, Inside Tracker and more, then this is your chance. Just sign up and do some shopping.

Finally, members will have access to a social site where they can cheer for each other and keep up with new benefits as they become available. In our heart of hearts, we believe that the social connection will be one of the most special benefits that members receive.

If this plays out the way we hope, people will know that if someone is wearing TCB gear, then there’s an extremely good chance that that individual is positive, encouraging, relatable, and approachable. We’ve said it time and again, that the first step (or pedal) into endurance sports can be a bit scary and we hope that Collective Beat members will be little beacons of encouragement all around the world.

All in all, we think this is a fantastic package of benefits that will more than cover the $250 cost of the program. We’ll be welcoming members until January 31, 2018 and then the membership will be valid until January 31, 2019.

Check out all the details

TriBella Women’s Triathlon

Cherry Creek Reservoir

 

The TriBella Women’s Triathlon, presented by Coeur Sports, is the perfect all women’s triathlon for first time triathletes looking to try the sport out, or seasoned veterans looking for a fun season opener to compete alongside friends and family! We’ll be offering two distances; the traditional sprint distance (1/2m Swim, 10m Bike, 3.1m Run), plus a super sprint distance (/14m Swim, 8m Bike, 2m Run).  Women’s cut technical t-shirts, great goodie bags, one of our biggest expos of the year, a ton of raffles are just some of the highlights.  This race is capped at 450 athletes to maintain a fun, yet lively, and laid back feel.

Due to the low cap we expect to be sold out by Mid May!  This race will be held at the Smoky Hill Beach (East Side) of Cherry Creek Reservoir!

 

To get set up for the season please be sure to visit the TriBella Retail Store in Denver.  TriBella can take care of all your triathlon needs; wetsuits, bicycle fitting, bicycle repairs and tune-ups, and so much more!  1060 Bannock St. Denver, CO 80204

Event details and registration here

Colorado Athletes in Kona: Boulder to Kona Athletes

Dave Moore

In 2009, Dave Moore discovered a fellow officer was recovering from stage four cancer, which created multiple complications and a huge financial burden for her. As long as he could remember, Dave was a fan of Ironman and aspired to one day compete in a triathlon. It was at that time Dave decided to merge the two and form a triathlon team of over 30 officers and fire fighters to compete at a local sprint triathlon as a charity fund raiser for his friend. Dave was hooked on triathlons and by 2010, had completed his first Boulder 70.3 and his first 140.6, the Beach 2 Battleship.

In January of 2017, Dave was notified that he would be receiving a slot at the Kona Ironman World Championships thanks to Boulder Ironman and the team at 303 Triathlon. This is truly a dream come true for Dave, as he has always had the goal of competing at Kona. Dave and his wife Wende will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in Kona with their three boys.

 


Heather Hagan

My Kona journey came as a huge surprise blindsiding me on December 23rd. I was notified via a Facebook Live video from Dave Christensen that I was selected to race Ironman World Championships as part of the contest The Road To Kona Goes Through Boulder. I think there were a few of us from the ten selected that didn’t even know about the contest!

 

I was tagged on a Facebook video by someone with a comment that only read, “Hey coach Heather you should check this video out.” I started watching the video while multitasking in the kitchen not really knowing what the context was. I was registered for Ironman Boulder so I thought it may be a video about training for Boulder. About 7 minutes in to the video Dave said he needed to get to the point and announce the first two winners to compete in Kona. That’s about the time I started feeling anxious! Dave announced my name and I started sweating then crying. What the hell just happened!

After the initial shock wore off I started looking at the calendar to decide whether or not I could realistically do two Ironman races in 4 months. I know plenty of people do it but I wasn’t sure I could. The decision wasn’t difficult but it was terrifying. I competed in two Ironman races 6 weeks apart in 2014 and it didn’t go well. I completed Ironman Canada Whistler then DNF’d after completing the bike in Ironman Chattanooga. My heart just wasn’t in the race. I knew I did not want to feel depleted by such a short recovery like last time.

Fast forward to present day! My training is going well and I feel as prepared for the challenge. My race day goal is to cross the finish line. I know it is a privilege to be selected from the contest to participate in the World Championships among the best triathletes in the world. I will hold my head high and do my best!

 

 

I’m looking forward to time on the beach after race day with friends. I am coaching two other athletes racing Kona and supporting 11 total athletes from Balanced Art Multisport. We ended up having several athletes qualify at late season races so it will be fun having so many BAM kits on the course. I will be in my ambassador team Coeur Sports kit with BAM in spirit!

 

 

Heather’s athletes – Reiko Donato (KQ Chattanooga,) and Kayla Bowker (KQ Arizona.)

Womens Wed: TriBella Women’s Tri – interview with Kebby/Coeur Sports

303 Triathlon Ambassador Erin Trail caught up with Coeur Founder Kebby Holden during this past weekend’s Tribella Sprint and Super Sprint Triathlon.

Coeur is a title sponsor of this event that makes fantastic women’s triathlon, running, and cycling gear.

1)What is the mission behind Coeur?

Our mission is two-fold and is at the basis for all we do:

Part 1- To make the best women’s endurance sportswear on the market. We actually use our experience and those of our team and customers to create patterns from scratch that check off all our needs and address all our female issues. We carefully select our fabrics to not only perform flawlessly but to feel awesome, comfortable and to eliminate chafing. We customize the construction of each of our performance pieces so that the fit is truly women’s specific. Not to go too overboard on the details, but by working closely with our factory in Los Angeles, there are dozens of little things we do such as
opening up leg holes to eliminate sausage link leg and, of course, developing our patent-pending seamfree
chamois (#noangrykitty). Our customers put in tons of miles every week so we need to make them
the gear they need and deserve.

Part 2 – The second part of our mission is Connection & Community. We want to give back to the sports
that have given us so much. While we like the competition inherent in racing, Coeur athletes are all
about encouraging other athletes and cheering others on. There is a lot of one up-mans-ship out there
in endurance sports but at Coeur, we really think training and racing is more fun with a bunch of friends
and newcomers on the course….no matter how fast or experienced you are. Just because you are
smokin’ fast and have done 800 Ironmans doesn’t mean you can’t be nice and encouraging! Our
Ambassador team is a huge part of this effort. They do an amazing job of encouraging women to get out
and go for a walk, a run, a ride and/or to sign up for an event. They are a resource for when any newbie
has questions. We can’t stress how important this is for us. Again, not to get too long-winded, but we
truly believe that endurance sports can be life-changing. So Coeur (as a community) wants to do
everything we can to make sure that the woman who is new to cycling, running, swimming and/or
triathlon has a positive experience. We may not be able to make that knot in a first timer’s stomach go
away, but we can encourage our ambassadors and our customers to be that friendly face on race day.
The great thing is that it really doesn’t take that much work to make a difference. If someone sees a
first timer and just says hello, smiles, and then wishes her good luck, then there’s a good chance that
she’ll come back for a second event and pass along the good ju-ju!

2)What are some challenges that you experience as a woman owned business?

Hmmm, while starting up any business is certainly a challenge, I think Coeur has been fortunate to not have had too many instances related to being a woman-owned company. Manufacturing is super resource-intensive, and managing all our fabric, chamois pads, gripper, etc. is always a juggling act
before the art and sewing even begin.

Very occasionally, I’ll get some unintended dismissive comment from men regarding running a business. Just recently when requesting an international wire transfer for our latest shipment of cycling pads, the bank manager sat me down before I had said anything and said “Oh, nice. You need to do a little
transfer? Do you run a little business out of your home?” Or getting tools and materials for our Interbike booth that I build every year, I’ve been asked by the hardware salesman if I am “making a cute little art project at home?” That attitude is frustrating but I certainly don’t take it personally. It kind of makes me more fiercely determined to do stuff!

Altogether, I have to say most industry people and customers, male and female, have been incredible
and supportive. While we are a women’s brand, we didn’t build it as some sort of angry political
platform. I just simply wanted some gear that my friends and I could train and race in that didn’t tear us
up and looked great. I love that most guys athletes totally get that. In the end, we are all just athletes
looking for the best gear to realize all the training we put in to our sport and help us execute on race
day.

3) What challenges are unique to women athletes and what does Coeur do to help with those challenges?

Where to begin?! This question can be asked from either side: men and women’s needs for garments are often just different by necessity. Again, it isn’t political. Its just getting athletes what they need to go about their sport and realize their potential. In triathlon and cycling, I don’t think it is any surprise that they are sports that have historically catered more toward male athletes. That’s where the numbers have been but that has been changing drastically the last few years. A lot of the local retail shops we partner with often have a mostly male sales and marketing team. This can be off-putting to new female
athletes. We can be intimidated by the macho lingo and the mechanical bits. When we as Coeur, go in and extol the virtues of a “happy kitty” from our seamless chamois to these guys, things can get awkward! However, once we explain why we make our gear the way we do and how women are responding, they get it. And then we have some of our team gals organize an event for women customers at their store? They are on-board! It is just a matter of education and again, creating a community around the shop for women.

4) Picking a favorite item is like picking your favorite pet or child, but which Coeur item is your
favorite?

You’re right! That is a tough one. We spend so much time designing, developing, testing, and finally
manufacturing all of our gear that it doesn’t feel fair to single one item out. That being said, I can go on
at length about our patent-pending seamless chamois in our tri-shorts! Don’t get me started! When I
was racing, I never could find shorts that didn’t chafe both from hours in the saddle and miles on the
run. So when I started Coeur, I immediately wanted to tackle this problem. Once everyone tested the
new design for the chamois, we knew we were on to something special. As endurance athletes, and
female ones to boot, we often struggle with an elegant way to discuss discomfort in “special” areas. One
of our testers said something to the effect that our shorts made her “kitty very happy,” and boom, we
were literally and figuratively off to the races! Hence our tagline for the shorts #noangrykitty. I hope you
can tell we like to have fun and have a sense of humor about things. 🙂

5) What’s next for Coeur?

Well, we’ve got a couple of really exciting things in the works. On the product front, we’ll have some
new designs coming out in late July. We’ll be doing the photo shoots in early July, so there may be a few
sneak peaks in social media. Second, we’re going to be expanding our high-performance Zele line. This
is the gear that we design for maximum aerodynamics. We use a company called ERO Sports here in
Southern California to test for wind resistance and we think the new items are going to really set the
standard for women’s performance gear.

On the Community and Connection front, we are always looking to start an event or have our team be a
resource and power for GOOD! Look for these awesome ladies in their team kits and don’t ever been
afraid, embarrassed or intimidated to ask them questions or for help.

Coeur Sports – TriBella Women’s Triathlon brought all levels of talent

Cherry Creek Reservoir presented a perfect morning for 450 of women yesterday, including 50% who were first-time newbies!

Check out these key interviews and photos by 303’s Rich Soares:

Race Director Lance Panigutti – “Probably the race with the biggest newcomer field”

Presenting Sponsor Coeur Sports Owner Kebby Holden – “Perfect event for newcomers to the sport”

Podium Finisher Kathleen Wilcox

Women’s Elite Field – Altitude a little “rough” for out-of-towners

 

Weekend Preview: Summer Is Here

Triathlon Events

Thursday June 22nd

 

Ironhawk Endurance Camp

Evergreen


Vixxen Racing OWS Clinic

Boulder Reservoir


Stroke & Stride

Boulder Reservoir


Friday June 23rd

 

Ironhawk Endurance Camp

Evergreen


Saturday June 24th

 

TriBella Women’s Triathlon

Cherry Creek Reservoir


Solstice Swim

Union Reservoir


Alison Dunlap Level II MTB Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


Lake to Lake Triathlon

Loveland


Tri the Boat – Sprint & Oly

Stagecoach Reservoir, Steamboat Springs


Ironhawk Endurance Camp

Evergreen


Sunday June 25th

 

South Suburban Indoor TRYathlon

Centennial


Boulder Sunrise Triathlon-Duathlon-Run

Boulder Reservoir


Tri the Boat – Half

Stagecoach Reservoir, Steamboat Springs


Ironhawk Endurance Camp

Evergreen


Alison Dunlap Level II MTB Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


USAT Paratriathlon National Championships

Kenosha, Wi



Cycling Events

Thursday June 22nd

 

BVV Track Night

Erie


Friday June 23rd

 

Grinta Jr Devo Camp

Steamboat Springs


Chainless World Championships

Crested Butte


Saturday June 24th

 

2017 Mavic Haute Route Rockies

The inaugural 2017 Mavic Haute Route Rockies will bring seven timed and ranked stages to Colorado June 24-30. In addition to start and finish venues of Boulder and Colorado Springs, the event will visit Winter Park, Avon, Snowmass Village and Crested Butte Organisers expect the 600-rider peloton to sell-out, but a limited number of discounted


Colorado Bike MS

Ft. Collins


Alison Dunlap MTB Level II Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


Prestige Imports Snowmass Loop MTB Fondo

Snowmass


Grinta Jr Devo Camp

Steamboat Springs


WP Epic Single Track: Super Loop

Winter Park


Pedaling 4 Parkinson’s

Lone Tree


Fat Tire 40

Crested Butte


4SOH

Ft. Collins


Art by Bike Tours of Loveland

Loveland


USA Pro Road & TT National Championships


Lee Likes Bikes Level 1 MTB Skills Clinic

Boulder


Lee Likes Bikes Level 1.5 MTB Skills Clinic

Erie


Lee Likes Bikes Level 1 MTB Skills Clinic

Boulder


Community Cycles Membership Party

Boulder


Sunday June 25th

 

2017 Mavic Haute Route Rockies

The inaugural 2017 Mavic Haute Route Rockies will bring seven timed and ranked stages to Colorado June 24-30. In addition to start and finish venues of Boulder and Colorado Springs, the event will visit Winter Park, Avon, Snowmass Village and Crested Butte Organisers expect the 600-rider peloton to sell-out, but a limited number of discounted


Parker Mainstreet Criterium

Parker


SMC – Breck Mtn Enduro

Breckenridge


Colorado Bike MS

Ft. Collins


Alison Dunlap MTB Level II Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


Grinta Jr Devo Camp

Steamboat Springs


SOH

Ft. Collins


Avista Women’s Weekly Ride

Louisville


USA Pro Road & TT National Championships

Outdoor Divas Sprint Tri

Longmont

 

The 10th annual Outdoor Divas on July 30th, awarded best women’s event in Colorado by Competitor Magazine, is the all women’s triathlon you’ve been waiting for!  We intentionally keep the race cap low at 600 women to create a fun, festive, yet intimate racing environment.  Great goodie bags, one of our biggest expos of the year, a ton of raffles, and a completely closed race course are just some of the highlights.  Due to the low cap we’ve sold out the past 9 years.  In 2016 we reached capacity on June 20th so please take advantage of the early registration.

“This was my first triathlon in five years since my professional racing career ended. I had no idea what to expect and the last thing I wanted to experience was insecurity in terms of the course and safety. Thanks to Without Limits and Outdoor DIVAS, I was able to put my best foot forward on race day, with incredible support along the way. It was a blast to mix it up with a great group of inspired women  I’m so happy that Skirt Sports chose the Outdoor DIVAS Triathlon as our first-ever Team Triathlon. We’ll definitely be back next year!”   Nicole DeBoom

 

Event details and registration here

60 Seconds in Kona Day 7: To the Coffee Boat!

It’s been a week already! Day 7 of “60 Seconds in Kona” is brought to you by Coeur Sports – A swim out to the Coffee Boat us a must!

 

Video by 303’s Kenny Withrow

Watch previous episodes:

60 Seconds in Kona – Day 6

60 Seconds in Kona – Day 5

60 Seconds in Kona – Day 4

60 Seconds in Kona – Day 3

60 Seconds in Kona – Day 2

60 Seconds in Kona – Day 1

Coeur Sports unveils slick new Zele cycling kit

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Michelle Bandur models the new Coeur Sports Zela kit with bib shorts and speed-bending dimpled fabric…

By 303 Ambassador Michelle Bandur

I have to admit something. I’ve made judgments about bib cycling shorts strictly based on appearance. I mean, c’mon, they look funny, especially without the bike jersey. They look like a wrestler’s one-piece, tight uniform that should be worn only on a mat in a gym, not on a bike on the road. And the only cyclists I’ve seen wearing bibs are those sleek, super fast guys.

So when 303 Triathlon asked me to review Coeur’s Zele Women’s Performance Zip Cycling Bib Shorts, I was intrigued and willing to throw my previous notions into the wind and take them for a ride.

First, let me describe the tag attached to the bibs. “In your hands now is a new kind of cutting edge women’s performance garment. Zele pieces are made of speed-bending dimpled fabric to make you go faster without extra effort. And yes, it is beautiful as well.” After putting on the Coeur Kit, I have admit, I felt fast! I thought, “Now I’m one of those sleek, super fast cycling guys!”

Sure the kit looks good, but what about the new performance fabric? It lived up to the description. It’s soft, comfortable and not restrictive. Now I understand why some cyclists like bib shorts. There is no waistband to cut into your gut and force your fat over the band. The bib shorts hold in everything. It’s one less thing to worry about on your ride.

The comfort of the fabric continued on the ride. No bunching or chafing with it, instead the fabric moved with my muscles, allowing me to focus on my performance and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

I wondered about stopping for a bathroom break and the inconvenience of removing the bibs. Coeur came up with a savvy solution. A zipper runs the full length of the shorts on the side. It’s easy to get in and out of when nature calls. However, if you don’t make sure the zipper is secure at the bottom, it will unzip as you ride. Luckily, I caught it before I exposed anything.

I left my judgments about bib cycling shorts out on the road and thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Zele, by the way, in French means, “excessive zeal and ardor.” Fitting for this fabric.

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