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Welcome to the 2008 Suzuki 24 Hours of Big Bear webcast!

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Racing has finished, but more stories will still be loaded today and Monday June 9th.

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Weather report
Weather was a significant factor in the race. Early in the week heavy rainfalls left the course wet, and as the race progressed the mud dried out from fast and wet to slow and peanut buttery. On Saturday it was hot, in the 90s, and a lot of riders talked about how the heat and humidity of Saturday afternoon sapped their strength. That said, it could have been hotter. Early Saturday evening a cooling breeze blew in, and on Sunday morning that same breeze was present.

venue panorama
180 panorama from the top of the Suzuki stage (you can see that in the start video).

7th June
10:30 a.m. : Eric McKeegan from DirtRag anticipates the start of his race
12 noon : And they're off! Download race start video (4MB)
2:55 p.m. : Sal Ruibal blog entry #1
3:30 p.m. : An outsider becomes an insider: the appeal of 24 Hour racing
5:45 p.m. : Men's Solo update - Tinker in the pinch?
5:54 p.m. : Sal Ruibal blog entry #2
9:13 p.m. : How the course is riding
11:15 p.m. : Women's Solo update - a new challenger?
11:20 p.m. : Sal Ruibal blog entry #3
11:32 p.m. : 25 years on, history repeats itself in the Master class
11:59 p.m. : Expert Men's update - battle lines drawn in regional derby

8th June
1:08 a.m. : Solo Men's update - Tinker now under pressure from Schwarz
9:51 a.m. : Shogrens's fastest laps
10:00 a.m. : Men's Experts: Into the final stretch
10:45 a.m. : Solo Men - Juarez fends off all comers
11:00 a.m. : Sal Ruibal blog entry #4
11:15 a.m. : Ellsworth Evolve - outstanding
11:30 a.m. : Sponsor Spotlight - NiteRider lights the way
12 noon : No more lap starts. Riders who started a lap shortly before 12 permitted to finish

And the winners are...
1:00 p.m. : It's a wrap, here are the winners...

Race Stats:
Laps completed: 1855
Total distance travelled: 23,744 miles
Total elevation gain: 3,023,650 ft (572.66 miles)

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About your reporter
Hi! I'm Paul Skilbeck. A journalist and press guy on the international mountain bike racing scene since 1989, I am your humble reporter for the 2008 Suzuki 24 Hour Series opener. This is how I look in my reporting clothes, but if you roll over the image you'll see that I'm not merely a pencil squeezer.

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