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FRIDAY RANDOMS: Bikes Over Baghdad – We Salute You!

Since it’s remembrance day this Sunday, I thought it would be nice to dedicate our FRIDAY RANDOMS section to the fine men and women of the armed forces. I’m not sure if you are aware of this, but BMX and the army have its links. I was quite surprised a few years ago when I first found out about this project called Bikes Over Baghdad. It’s such a rad idea! The founders thought it’d be sick to fly a bunch of Pro BMX riders (and their bikes of course) into various army bases around the world as a form of entertainment. There’s been plenty of shows to date for those serving in the likes of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and Djibouti, Afghanistan and many other locations.

I think it’s fair to say a majority of the troops probably haven’t rode BMX before, I  mean maybe one or two may have had a Mongoose or Raleigh Burner back in the day, and hit a few jumps with their mates. You’ll get a few people who were riders but quit to join the forces, ended up selling their bike and itching to ride again. Whatever their past experiences of BMX were, most are stoked with the show and get fully involved and others get to meet some of the legends they might have looked up to as a kid. This kind of break from gruelling duties in the hot sun is just what people need to wind down and enjoy something a little different to what they are used to I guess…

The DVD is awesome too, I managed to give this a watch a little while back and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you get a chance I’d pick a copy up!

Founders: Christian Schauf, Zachary Schauf, Nathan Wessel

Team Members:
Nate Wessel
Zack Yankush
Chad Kagy
Brian Kachinsky
Jeremiah Smith
Mike Escamilla
Dave Osato
Ron Kimler
Anthony Napolitan
Drew Bezanson
Mykel Larrin
Billy Rohan
Jud Heald

“Bikes Over Baghdad is a team of professional action sports athletes who have traveled to the Middle East numerous times in support of the troops. This is not a typical sports video of guys doing insane tricks in remote locations (though it has that), this is not a story about the sacrifices our soldiers make day in and day out (though that is in there as well), and this is not the diary of an adventure a group of friends embarked on (though again, there is that). What this is, is a story about what happens when people give for the good of others. When people put their own safety aside to make someone’s life a little better, and how selflessness can change lives.”

The riders who take part always thoroughly enjoy themselves during these events also, as they get to play with all of the cool as fuck tech equipment the U.S army has to offer.

For example, here’s Mike Escamilla getting taken down by an attack dog… Not so fun I guess but they also get to shoot big guns, fly in helicopters, drive tanks and do other various cool activities as you’ll see below,

I picked a few of my favourite BoB pictures from over the years to show you guys incase it’s your first time hearing about this service BMXers provide. If you get a chance then hit up their Facebook page to see a bit more on the amazing work these guys do.

I’ve got an incredible amount of admiration for those brave people who serve in the armed forces, in our country or in any army around the world for that matter. Dedicating your life to protect your country is such a noble act and I just thought that this weekend would be the best time to pay my respects to those who have fallen and to those who are currently on duty.

I tip my hat to you amazing men and women and offer my respects.

Lest We Forget.


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