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|Kyle Baldock, downside whip at X Games 17.|
After leaving Mirraco earlier this month, Dew Tour BMX park and dirt breakout competitor Kyle Baldock made no announcement about his future plans with regards to a bike sponsor. In fact, Baldock's departure from Mirraco, leaving the team at just four riders (Austin Coleman, Andy Buckworth, Chris Hughes, and Dave Mirra) prompted more speculation about Mirraco's future direction than the rider leaving the team. Now, after a week and a half, Baldock announced via Facebook that he was joining the Total BMX team.
"Yo everyone it is official that I am now riding for Total BMX. it's gonna be a sick year! Keep an eye out for my new edit," said Baldock.
Total BMX, a UK brand created by mini ramp innovator Mark Webb and UK vert vet Ronnie Remo, was started in the summer of 2010. The brand, which focuses on park-specific, tech-friendly frames, forks, bars and components, has been growing at an organic rate and now possesses a team that includes Webb, Alex Coleborn, Jack Watts, Kyle Blake, Daniel Sandoval, Rickey Moseley, Todd Meyn, Andrew Ahumada, Chance Brejnakowski, Dylan White, David Reincke and Konrad Szabo.
Baldock's inclusion on the team cements the brand as one of the premiere park-riding BMX teams in the world. Between Mark Webb, Alex Coleborn and Kyle Baldock, there is a potential for the top three spots on the 2012 Dew Tour BMX Park circuit going to the Total BMX team. And that's something that really hasn't happened since the early days of the Bicycle Stunt series, when bike sponsors were virtually non-existent and the top three spots at contests typically went to Hoffman Bikes riders. Additionally, Baldock's inclusion on the team creates a unique niche for the Total BMX team within BMX: Total is one of the very few brands in BMX focused on promoting the progression of the new school of BMX park riding.
Baldock's additional sponsors include Monster Energy, Vans and Unit Clothing.