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The year in BMX, 2012

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Chase Hawk, VIP treatment

Photograph By Sandy Carson

Earlier in the year, Chase Hawk showed all of BMX what he was capable of in the Empire BMX DVD "Bad Idea." He could boost, he had style, his 360s are unmatched, and his section was one of his best to date. Then he came back with another full-length video section in Cult's "Talk Is Cheap," and instead of pursuing the route he went for the Empire DVD, he slapped some pegs on and delivered a section of burly and technical street riding that was just as stylish as his riding in the Empire DVD. Chase may be the rider everyone wants to watch on the park course at X Games, but he's also one of the most well-rounded BMX riders of his generation, and for that, we're giving him the VIP treatment in 2012.