The year in BMX -- sponsor/team changes

ESPN/Nike 6.0

In July, Mike Spinner officially left the very exclusive Nike 6.0 team to pursue new opportunities. Taking his spot later in the summer was San Diego's Chad Kerley, who blew up on the scene throughout the year. Spinner remains without a shoe sponsor.

On more year-end gallery, and then we'll put this thing called 2011 to bed. Today, we're taking a brief look back at the year in sponsorship and team changes. Since I started following the BMX scene over 20 years ago, pros have been playing the "recently signed with" and "amicably parted ways" game with bike sponsors, clothing sponsors, footwear sponsors and beyond. And 2011 was no different.

This past year, riders such as Tom Dugan, Steve McCann, Chad Kagy and Chad Kerley made big moves, while others, such as Mike Spinner, lost a paycheck or two. And still others, such as the DC BMX team, added a whopping ten rider to their pro team. It's been a year of twists, turns and unexpected moves, and it's all in the above gallery.

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