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Bikes Over Baghdad

Photograph By Andrew Hetherington for ESPN The Magazine

Shortly after arriving at the second base, an email is sent around asking for volunteers to help Wessell and Kimler set up the course for the next night's show. The ramps from last year's show are in pretty good condition, which means a few repairs and a fresh coat of paint. "I was so excited to help the guys paint," says SrA Eva Gaus, 22. "I met Mykel and Brian at lunch and they weren't just here to put on a show. They cared to get to know me as a person. I'm so appreciative of everything they're doing for us and wanted to help out any way I could."