Here’s mud in your eye(s)!

September 28, 2009 · Print This Article

…and in your teeth, in your ears, in your nose, and every other orifice you have..

Buck Hill CX Race

Ithaca, NY September 27, 2009


At last, “real” cross conditions in upstate NY.  Cold, rainy and muddier than hell.  Just what people, ahem, “want”.  Not to go on and on about it, but in order to get the kits cleaned, we had to lay them on the driveway and spray each article of clothing one by one with the garden hose on full blast before we could even think of putting them into the washer.

About 16 women lined up – this was not part of the NYS series and wasn’t a race to earn points to anywhere or win big – other than bragging rights, a bagel and and apple.  It started after the rain had damped the course all night and the masters had been slogging thru a light drizzle.  About halfway through the first of the five laps, the rain began anew and with an increased intensity…


As in every previous race, Katina Kat-grrl dominated.  Few of the women in the Open category were anywhere even close to Katina – other than the usual suspect “Ruthless” Sherman from the Corning Cycling Team.  (And she’s an honorary Bella anyway.)


G. Dawg shows off her tremendous barrier hurdling form on the very first (still dry) lap.


And shows here her sheer pleasure at whipping little boys’ butts.




Katina less smiling, but on the other hand, she’s out in the front and there are no little boys to splash with mud up here.



Lastly, this was the footwear of the wise:  decorative rubber boots.  Now that’s what I call Functional Flair.


1st Katina Sayers-Walker

5th (?) Kate Stewart

6th (?) LL G Dawg

(results aren’t up yet, but we only care about #1!)

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2 Responses to “Here’s mud in your eye(s)!”

  1. Lindsay Rodkey on September 29th, 2009 5:34 am

    Good job New York Bellas! BTW, if any of you are looking for an awesome cycling coach, he’s in the background of the first picture in the black jersey with the blue and black Giant. His name is Jason Hilimire and I’ve been working with him through phone/email since March.

  2. beth h on October 1st, 2009 8:19 am

    GREAT photos, makes me drool with anticipation at my own (and very first!) cross race 10/4 in PDX. Thanks for the excellent report.

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