Cesselli continues in Scramble Series


Tharon Cesselli competes in the Full Throttle Enduro

Tharon Cesselli competes in the Full Throttle Enduro

Tharon Cesselli was excited to be racing in his own back yard on May 29th on trails he knows and loves in the Okanagan Hare Scramble Series (OHSS), The Dirty Dragon Hare Scramble held southwest of Kamloops near Inks Lake. In exchange for an Enduro section, a challenging mud hole took its place.  The mud hole was difficult for the morning racers and by Tharon’s afternoon race it was worse, however, it was sure to provide some interesting action for both the racers and the spectators.

Tharon was quick off the start and managed to capture second place through the hole shot.  Everything was going well as Tharon made his way through the first length of forest trails that led up to the mud.  He made it through the mud unscathed and scrambled up a taxing steep hill, popped over the top, and landed on a scattering of rocks.  His front tire landed hard on the rocks and in an instant his race was over, he had a “pinch flat”.  Two of Tharon’s friends who were also racing stopped to assist their comrade, but he quickly waved them on as he indicated his race was already over.

While he sat and watched riders pass by several others joined him as they too became victims of pinch flats at this same section of trail.  Slowly Tharon worked his way off the hillside and gently rode down the trails to the check point where he was recorded to have completed one lap just under 56 minutes.

What Tharon had hoped would be the race that would see him on the podium, instead resulted in a DNF (did not finish).  Thereafter, he sat back and made the best of a bad situation, visited with his family and friends, and enjoyed the race from the sidelines as a spectator.  His commented, “That’s racing.  Stuff like this is bound to happen eventually.”

On June 11 and 12, Tharon competed in back-to-back night and day races in another portion of the Okanagan Hare Scrambles Series (OHSS), this time near Vernon.

The Night Throttle race started around 8 p.m. and ran until the last rider returned to the check point.  The night races, though not as popular with competitors, did have 51 registrants, four of which were in Tharon’s Intermediate class.

It was a relatively uneventful ride for Tharon as he coasted through the short three lap route effortlessly.  His first lap was completed during the late evening light, whereas the final two laps progressively became darker until eventually trail navigation relied on the illumination from the powerful riding light and from his memory of the route taken on his first lap.  Tharon held his lead position for the first two laps, however, was overtaken on the third lap. He was unable to reclaim first position during the final lap, but came away pleased with his second place trophy.

The next morning Tharon prepared for the Full Throttle (day) race.  He quickly snapped up the lead at the start of the race, but lost it when he failed to navigate the first sharp turn into the hole shot.

He pulled his bike out of the wide turn, slid into an opening somewhere in the middle of the pack and sped off towards the forest trails.

He challenged the Enduro for each of his three laps and managed to manoeuvre through with very little difficulty.  Tharon was able to secure fourth position on his first lap, running 36 seconds behind the third position rider and 2:20 behind the first place leader.  The top four riders on the first lap remained the top four during the entire race.  By the end of the second lap, four of the 12 riders that started the race, had pulled out.

On Tharon’s third and final lap he knew he was in a comfortable fourth position with a good time buffer between him and the fifth place rider.  He rapidly assessed the times and concluded that unless the third place rider ahead of him encountered some difficulty it was unlikely he would capture third place.

Tharon rode the remainder of the race more easily, and was satisfied to come in fourth place with a time of 2:36, over five minutes behind the first place rider, and nearly 15 minutes ahead of the fifth place rider.  By the end of the race only half of the twelve starting riders completed the three lap race.


Just Posted

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

(TNRD Library)
Let the mystery of the Summer Reading Club begin

Are you ready to ‘Crack the Case’ at the Barriere Library?

(Metro Creative photo)
Gardeners of all ages invited to enter 2021 NT Fall Fair contests

The North Thompson Fall Fair Drive Thru scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 4,… Continue reading

Milsom Lodge was built in the East Barriere Valley when the Milsom brothers purchased two parcels of land in 1911, DL 2323 and DL2324. (Milsom’s photo)
The Milsom Lodge: The mansion, the ballroom, the history

“At the turn of the century, when so many families were leaving… Continue reading

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

A worker, at left, tends to a customer at a cosmetics shop amid the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Half of cosmetics sold in Canada, U.S. contain toxic chemicals: study

Researchers tested more than 230 commonly used cosmetics and found that 56% of foundations and eye products, 48% of lip products and 47% of mascaras contained high levels of fluorine

White Rock’s Marine Drive has been converted to one-way traffic to allow more patio space for waterfront restaurants. (Peace Arch News)
Province promotes permanent pub patios in B.C. post-pandemic plan

More than 2,000 temporary expansions from COVID-19 rules

Lake City Secondary School Williams Lake campus students Ethan Reid, from left, Brenden Higgins, Ty Oviatt, Kaleb Alphonse, Nathan Kendrick and Landon Brink with RCMP officers Const. Nicoll and Const. Stancec. (Photo submitted)
RCMP thank 6 teens for helping prevent forest fire in Williams Lake

The students came across fire in a wooded area and used the water they had to try and extinguish the flames

There is an emergency shelter near the Golden Ears peaks. (Facebook/Special to The News)
Hiker fogged in on Golden Ears, spends 2 nights

Talon Helicopters, Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue bring him home Monday

Annamie Paul, leader of the Green Party of Canada, speaks at a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on June 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Green Leader Annamie Paul facing no-confidence motion from party brass

move follows months of internal strife and the defection of MP Jenica Atwin to the Liberals

Tulips bloom in front of the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa, Thursday, May 10, 2018. Day two of a full week of scheduled hearings will be heard in Federal Court today on a case involving Indigenous children unnecessarily taken into foster care by what all parties call Canada’s “broken child welfare system.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
AFN slams Ottawa for ‘heartless’ legal challenge of First Nations child compensation

2019 decision awarded $40,000 to each Indigenous child removed before 2006

Ivy was thrown out of a moving vehicle in Kelowna. Her tail was severely injured and will be amputated. (BC SPCA)
Kitten thrown from moving vehicle, needs help: Kelowna SPCA

The seven-week-old kitten had severe tail and femur injuries

A health-care worker holds up a sign signalling she needs more COVID-19 vaccines at the ‘hockey hub’ mass vaccination facility at the CAA Centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Brampton, Ont., on Friday, June 4, 2021. This NHL-sized hockey rink is one of CanadaÕs largest vaccination centres. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
‘Vaxxed to the max’: Feds launch Ask an Expert campaign to encourage COVID shots

Survey shows that confidence in vaccines has risen this spring

Most Read