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Bikes Over Baghdad

Photograph By Andrew Hetherington for ESPN The Magazine

On November 9, the seventh Bikes Over Baghdad tour landed at a U.S. Air Force base in an undisclosed location in the Persian Gulf. In the nearly four years since the first BOB tour barnstormed U.S. military bases in Iraq, the pro BMXers who've been a part of its nearly 60 shows have returned home with tales of ducking mortar fire, flying in Blackhawk helicopters and riding in some of the most treacherous terrain in the world. This year's tour is tame in comparison.