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Where are they now: Khalen Young

Updated: Dec 17, 2022

It has been a long time since we've seen the wild child of BMX on US soil, but that doesn't mean his legacy and memory are lost in today's racing. Coming over to America in 2007, Khalen Young quickly rose to the top of the AA Pro standings to become an ABA BMX National No.1 title holder in 2008. A series regular, repping the Haro team all the way up until his retirement at 27 years old, KY has made a return to his bike while training the next crop of beasts to come out of Australia. We rang up Young to check in and talk shop about his career and what he's been up to since we last saw him.

2009 Silver Dollar Nationals // via

Where is he now? What has the Aussie, Khalen Young, been up to since his departure from professional racing?

So, where I live in Western Australia, the mining sector is big, so I work away in the mine. I work two weeks on and two weeks off. It’s a good lifestyle, and the money is great, but I’ve found the love of riding my bike again. You know my wife doesn’t like me racing because I get hurt, haha. But I race the Masters class, and it's rather easy, and that’s no cop-out to the Masters guys. It’s just not that deep of a field over here. I also race the superclass kids over here during the year just to keep them honest, you know. I mean, I’m 38, but I don’t know. There’s just no pathway in BMX anymore like there was for me growing up. I think that’s the major substantial change in BMX at the moment, especially in Australia. So I have my own training groups. I have a group called BMX Kinetics, and I keep them honest. I really try to show them that pathway of how I did it and how it takes structure and discipline if you want to make it in BMX.

I still race, and I probably enjoy it more now than ever because there’s no stress. It’s stressful being a professional athlete, and I’ll say I didn’t enjoy racing at an elite level; I only enjoyed winning. Racing was hard, it was stressful, it wasn’t enjoyable, it was an income. It was a way to make money, It was my job, but yeah, it was stressful, man, I didn’t enjoy it. Racing at an elite level takes a lot from you, and it takes a lot of discipline and structure, which I didn’t have back then because I didn’t have the right people in my corner. But now, I ride my bike more than ever now, I train with a good group of kids. I do a lot of work with the local indigenous kids here in Western Australia and just give back.

My wife and I have a non-profit called Karlup Wheels In Motion Indigenous Corporation, and our goal is to unite and inspire all the kids within the community by providing education and inclusiveness through diversity and coaching, you know. We’ve identified there’s a community funding issue, and we’re just trying to break the barrier and inspire the youth to realize riding a bike is healthy and show there is a pathway for you. That pretty much consumes a lot of our time outside of work is trying to build this foundation where we can give back to the less fortunate and show there are other options out there.