Interview with Wade Young
Wade Young from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa made history on November 17, 2012, when he became the youngest ever winner of the Roof of Africa Hard Enduro in Lesotho at the age of 16! In 2016 he signed with Sherco and added his first major European Extreme Enduro win with the victory at Hell’s Gate in Italy early in the season.
Wade, where do you spend most of your time in these days?
Wade Young: It’s a bit of a mess and we’re figuring out where to stay for most of the time. Right now it’s South Africa. There’s a lot of really good riding here in South Africa. Next year I will spend more time in Europe.
How was your season so far? You’re on Sherco now!
Wade Young: Yes, being part of the Sherco factory team is great. They are concentrating on myself in Extreme Enduro and I’m really getting great support. It worked out right from the beginning. I you’d ask me for the best moment so far I’d certainly say: Winning Hell’s Gate was a brilliant start, it meant a lot to me and I’m having a really good year so far.
Red Bull Sea to Sky is next. What’s your take on this race in Turkey?
Wade Young: Everyone calls it the funnest race of the year. And yes, it’s true, it’s a really cool place. You have the ocean and the mountain right there in the back. I’m really looking forward to it!
Some of the big names in this sport are not attending this year but there are the likes of Billy Bolt and Manuel Lettenbichler getting into the picture.
Wade Young: We’re pretty much the same age, I’m 20 and they are just a year or two younger than me. They are great riders and it’s always good to get the pressure. But my goal for Red Bull Sea to Sky clearly is to win the race.
You will be one of the Pro riders joining in at our „Train with the Pro“ event in Kemer.
Wade Young: Yes, I did it last year and it’s a great initiative to provide some unique training right before the race to amateurs who never get the chance to train with Pro riders like myself. I’m happy to pass on some tricks help them to improve their riding!