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Bikes Over Baghdad

Photograph By Andrew Hetherington for ESPN The Magazine

Every show, without fail, the first backflip draws the biggest cheers. "This was one of the raddest shows we've ever done," Wessell says. Nearly a quarter of the 2,000 men and women stationed here crowded onto this narrow street to watch the final show of the trip. "The street was so intimate and everyone was packed in so tight. The soldiers were five feet from the riders and everyone was so into it. I could have ridden all night."