(Featured photo: credit to Corvin Alstot)
The Medical Colleagues of Texas Road Race at Coldspring, Texas is a long-time road race on the Texas road racing calendar. Called simply “Coldspring,” this road race features a loop-style course with a neutral rollout. Racers do between 1-5 laps of a 16 mile loop. This comes out to between 14 miles for the Junior racers up to 81 miles for the men P/1/2 (most waves race 30-46 miles).
The course is well-shielded from the wind, thanks to the very tall trees that line most sections of the course. And it features some short but punchy climbs, with a finish on top of a long hill that’s moderately steep. The start area is hosted out of Coldspring High School, which has tons of parking (I brought my motorhome & had plenty of room to park). This is a well organized event that’s hosted by Southern Elite & it’s been one of my favorites over the years.
Unlike my previous week’s road race (Bat City Classic at Apache Pass), the wind really wasn’t a factor at Coldspring. I raced in the Women’s Cat 3, which started with the Women’s P/1/2 in the same race wave with a combined prize list: we did 3 laps of the course, which came out 46 miles of road racing.
I definitely enjoyed the Coldspring race: it’s a fun course that has enough hills to make things challenging. All of the ladies worked well together & seemed to genuinely have FUN racing. The main field yo-yo’ed during the course of the 46 miles with some solo attacks, then some painfully slow recovery periods followed by, you guessed it, more attacks. But the majority of the ladies made it to the uphill finish in the main field.
I have to admit that I do like an uphill sprint finish in a road race. But I was starting to fade a bit in the final couple of miles of the race: I think it was an issue of nutrition more than anything else: I should have taken more than a single serving of my race nutrition. So while I started near the front of the group on the finishing hill, I definitely faded. But happily, I pulled out enough of a sprint to finish 3rd in the Women’s Cat 3 (woo hoo! Another weekend…another podium!).