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BMX Gear and Protective Equipment
Dutch rider Robert VanDenWildenberg represents the Netherlands in the 2008 Bejing Olympics.
Because of the nasty spills riders can encounter in BMX, riders wear helmets, long-sleeved jerseys and pants, and gloves. The long-sleeves are intended to provide protection from abrasion in case of crashes. The helmets -- unlike regular cycling helmets -- feature full masks to protect the rider's entire face. Riders can also wear elbow and knee pads as well as chest protectors and shinguards, but those are less common in high-level competitions like the Olympics.