Kade Walker – A New Direction on His Home Continent
By Billy Rainford
We’ve known Kade Walker from Quebec, Canada since he was ripping up tracks across North America on 50’s. He’s got a Loretta Lynn‘s title from 2009 and was ready to set the sport on fire.
He decided to head to Europe to see what he could do on the world stage and never looked back…until now.
Since 2011, he’s lived in Italy, Holland, and Sweden. He speaks 5 languages and is now 25. He’s ready for a new challenge on home soil.
My first stop when I got into California after a long, 3-day drive from Ontario was to see him in Hesperia, California, where he’ll call home for the next little while.
I pulled up to the house and fired him a message that I was there. When he stepped out of the house and flashed that familiar smile, the years melted away and we shook hands like a couple old friends.
We went inside and sat on one of the couches and began to go over his past decade. It has been an amazing story, one which we’ll let him tell in an interview to follow here on the site.
When he appeared in a Beta jacket, I knew he had a new plan.
Kade will race the new Beta enduro machine in the WORCS series down here in California as part of the Beta Canada team helping to develop the bike and program with the goal of racing the FMSQ Enduro series in 2023, and who knows, maybe we see him line up on the new MX machine in the Canadian Triple Crown Series MX Nationals in 2024?!
He will race the Big Kahuna GKMA race in Kamloops, BC and then compete in Quebec this season, a series his dad, Dave Walker, raced when Kade as just a kid.
It was great to chat with Kade after so many years away from Canada. We’ll get together at some tracks and trails down here in the next couple weeks, so look for some action photos and video as well as an in depth interview with him.
Welcome “home,” Kade.