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Nigel Sylvester on Breaking the Mold and Taking on BMX (Part 1)

He may be BMX's most recognizable figure, but Nigel Sylvester's life and career are anything but typical of the sport.

He may be BMX's most recognizable figure, but Nigel Sylvester's life and career are anything but typical of the sport.

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Nigel Sylvester might be BMX's most recognizable figure, but his life and career are anything but typical of the sport. With several major endorsements, a clothing line and riding videos featuring the likes of French Montana and Pharrell, he has taken his brand far beyond the bike and garnered criticism for it along the way. Although he's constantly reminded of his presence in a predominately white sport, Nigel has injected his unique personality into BMX and found unparalleled success doing it. In Part 1, we go to Jamaica, Queens to see the people and places that shaped Nigel into the person and rider that he is. Check back next week for Part 2.