Wise Words | Kade Edwards.

Wise Words is our interview series talking to some of mountain biking’s most switched on people.

We’ll ask our short list of questions to a heap of influential, inspiring and outspoken people that we feel are driving the direction of mountain biking today. Some will make you think, some will make you laugh, some will be plain dumb, some will inspire you to better yourself and your riding. We hope!

Wise Words this week come at you from none other than Mr. Kade Edwards.

Do we really need to do an intro for Kade Edwards? Former Junior Downhill World Champion, top 10 World Cup Downhiller, style for miles doesn’t even come close…

Photo by Boris Beyer.

How would your closest riding buddies describe you to someone who has never met you?

I think off the bike I’m a pretty normal guy, but I feel like I’m pretty crazy on the bike. I like to think I’m a pretty modest, down to earth kind of guy, so hopefully, they’d say something nice like that, but they’d probably just say I’m a dude with no brain.

What thing or things have you bought in the last year that had the biggest effect on your life as a mountain biker / cyclist / person that works in the bike industry?

Loads of shovels and rakes. You don’t get to do mountain biking unless there are trails to ride and it’s down to the community to make that happen. I definitely believe in giving back to the scene in general and you gotta show some love to your local trails and keep them running sweet.

What unusual habits do you have as a bike rider?

I don’t think I have any, really…

Photo by Bartek Wolinski.

What piece of advice do you think every mountain bike rider should hear? And what piece should they ignore?

Simply don’t do it if you don’t have fun. There are no rules or set ways of doing things. Do things the way you want and have fun with it. That’s what it’s all about.

If you could go back and re-ride one day from your life so far, where/what/when/who would it be? Would you change anything?

Red Bull Hardline last year was so sick. Getting back to the event after a year off and riding in Wales with the best crew of riders was amazing. It was so good to get on the podium, and I can’t wait to ride this year with crowds back on the hill for the first time in a while, it’ll be immense.

What have you wasted the most time on in your life as a rider or bike industry career that you wished you’d given up years ago?

Wouldn’t say I’ve wasted time doing anything…

Photo by Bartek Wolinski

How do you motivate yourself when you’re struggling or lacking inspiration?

I think it’s always important to reflect back on the good times and to see how much you’ve actually managed to achieve over your life. Hopefully, that will help you remember exactly what you’re capable of. Some days will always be hard, but it’s all happy and good when things are going well. 

What single and specific thing about riding bicycles do you gain the most happiness from?

Tough one, but has to be riding dirt jumps, my happy place for sure. No better feeling than just flowing through a perfect set of jumps. Also BMX. I love just mucking about on my BMX.

What single thing would you like to erase from cycling history from the last year?

Nothing really, other than big crashes I guess.

Photo by Eisa Bakos.

What single thing would you like to make happen in the cycling world in the next year?

Definitely want to keep making edits. I loved the whole process of Parallel II, all the planning and the riding. I loved that creative side to it and feel it’s a great way to really express myself and what I enjoy. Having something like that to look back on is so cool. Watch this space I guess?

Who else should we ask these questions to?

Semenuk, who else?

You can keep tabs on Kade’s adventures on his Instagram feed here.

You can catch all our previous Wise Words interviews with the likes of Sven Martin, Manon Carpenter, Ric McLaughlin and plenty more here.