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"Maximum Velocity" Stunt Show

"For me I do a lot of tail flips, bar spins, I ride the small ramps and the big ramps. I try to do different tricks every show, a lot of 360s a lot of superman's, things like that,"

For those that got lost on tail flips and bar spins, veteran Maximum Velocity BMX rider Tom Haugen doesn't need to explain... he just wants you to watch.

"Everything we're doing is a game of inches. We know exactly where we're going to land at all times and if you're off an inch, one way or the other, that can mean the difference of going to the hospital," says Haugen.

BMX has been around for years, but the sport didn't hit the mainstream until it got showcased on ESPN's X Games. Between the spills and the thrills, Haugen has seen it all.

"I've broken 35 bones. When you do this, you're gonna get hurt. We wear all our pads at all times, but you'll still get hurt. Ultimately, you do it because you love it or you'll get out of it because it's quite painful when you crash," says Hagen.

The Maximum Velocity stunt show is located at the north end of the Avenue of States, next to the CBS 3 studio. The riders take the stage at 12:00pm, 3:30pm, and 7:00pm daily. There's an added 10:30am show on weekends.

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