Video: Bas van Steenbergen at Silver Star

Oct 15, 2012
by Harrison Mendel  
 
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There are a plethora of medals given out at Crankworx each year. Medals for male and female riders alike, in age brackets from 13 to 40+, for the Air DH, Giant Slalom, Enduro, and Fat Tire Crit, amongst others. And if you were paying attention to the aforementioned medals and their recipients you'd notice a certain distinctive name kept cropping up in the results - van Steenbergen. Whistler Bike Park has always been a proving ground for riders. Stars like Paul Basagoitia and Anthony Messere were formed in the pressure cooker that is Crankworx. This year was no different.

Bas van Steenbergen, 18, and younger brother Tom*, 16, affectionately christened the 'van Steezburgers' by Brad J., are two of the most talented young riders I've seen anywhere. Bas's bronze medal in Dual Slalom came against a World Cup-calibre field stacked with stars like Mitch Ropelato, Kyle Strait, and Troy Brosnan. Bas was also top five at the 'Unofficial Whip Off World Championships'' along with Thomas Vanderham, Tyler McCaul, and Brendan Fairclough (Tom van Steez had a pretty good Crankworx too**). And Bas was also Junior Expert overall champion at the Northwest Cup DH series.

The precise etymology of the name van Steenbergen is traceable back to Holland. So it's pretty much inevitable that we'll see a few comments related to Goldmember from Bas's friends - ''Isn't zat veird?'' The van Steenbergen family moved from America, to Holland, and then to Canada during Bas's formative years but kept a condo at Silver Star throughout. So I guess it makes sense that Bas knows the mountain so well. With an ever changing address - home is where the bike is.

*Harry and Tom are currently working on a video. And it'll be good. Very good.
**Tom won Teva Best Trick with a frontflip tuck no hander off the Bud Light cabin AND won Dual Slalom in the Junior category. Not bad for a 16 year old.

Railed
  Bas has the 'effortless' style of someone who has spent thousands upon thousands of hours on a bike (and a moto background doesn't hurt either). Ironic how much effort it takes to have effortless style.



Video/Photos - Harrison Mendel
Words - Scott Secco

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72 Comments

  • + 36
 Isn't zat veird?
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 I swear to god I wrote that before I saw secco mention something about it.
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  • + 19
 Welp... this guy's way better at biking than me.
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 time for another beer.
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  • + 12
 A euro with spd's...winning! Soo much style
  • + 28
 like a Bas !
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 He's got his manuals on LOCK!
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 "Home is where the bike is."

Couldn't have said it better myself
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  • + 9
 this made me miss silverstar wayy to much.
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 IDK about you guys but I sure wouldn't mind someone doing an interview with this kid and listening to how he has become so focused to ride so damn well! I mean, doesn't the info paragraph state that he's eighteen? Pretty damn awesome.

Way to slay the goods, kid!
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  • + 7
 Are those spd's I see? Win.
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  • + 5
 First 30 seconds, adds to favourites.
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 There's only two things I can't stand in this world. People who are intolerant of other people's cultures...and The Dutch! He kinda slayed that park though.
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 What is wrong with the Dutch?
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  • + 4
 So much steez that I nearly feel ashamed to even call myself a biker...
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  • + 1
 so thats what lift access a good rider and clips look like all togeathertup ...i like how he was doing those endo bumps on those whoops,crazy styleSalute ..what kind of frame??
  • + 2
 Transition TR450 bro.
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 excuse my ignorance,but i've wondered for ages,why the red flags on the lips ?
  • + 9
 to advise people there is a lip.
  • + 3
 And wind direction and strength. Win Win Win Sick Video too K-Town thrown down
  • + 2
 In France the greens meant barely a jump, blue meant table top, can fall short, red meant a bit bigger, often a small double and Black meant, know what you are doing or you're going to die. Although it's not exactly consistently applied.
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 His riding is so good it could be considered some kind of dance performance.
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  • + 1
 awesome video!!! sooo much style! the lighting and the song are great too! what is the song anyway?
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  • + 2
 Good lord, that kid's got skills!!!!
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 Killer work boys. Keep it up.
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  • + 1
 I haven't rode in like 2 weeks, this video really, REALLY made me want to go riding..
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  • + 2
 waw , that's a beautiful biking park
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 Does he listen to mtb video music while riding? That would be insane.
  • + 1
 I know i would be if i was going that hard, such a sick video! (song too)
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 I was there when they were shooting this!!!
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 dude same!!
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 2:41 spd cross flat Smile that's something special
  • + 2
 take a closer look Wink ..he's using flats in that shot
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 nope. he unclipped. using spds
  • + 2
 @fady you're trippin. those are flat pedals with flat pedal shimano shoes.
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 He is clipped in the entire video except for 2:15 and 2:45
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 He has got the skills to pay the bills.
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 Silverstar is super sick!
  • + 1
 Yeah, who makes the trails?? Give them a big fat medal and a round of Jack-be-nimble!!!
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 Silverstar Rocks
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 Switching between spd's and flats while riding like a bas Big Grin
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  • + 1
 This guy is just freaking rad. Period.
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 sick style, mint track aswell, soo nice Smile
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  • + 1
 ahh Bas ve vwheely like those Vwheelys
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  • + 1
 that was aaaaalot of slowmotion
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  • + 1
 That young gun can shred. Super fun to watch!
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 love to see the big noise bonks
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 Steezin Banger. Avec Harry = Genius
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  • + 1
 I have waited for this vid all my entire life !!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • + 1
 fuck moves like jagger its now moves like steenbergen!! haha
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  • + 1
 no clips of riding f*ckin' GNAR?? that trail is boss !!
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  • + 1
 Landing in manual is soooo streezy, must learn
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  • + 1
 Finally someone uses two door cinema club!!!!!
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  • + 0
 Ye, and guess what.. I am setting myself up for adoption!!
Very nice riding Bas! of Super vet! Big Grin
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  • + 1
 Seen ur riding at Crankworks good job keep it up!!
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 Pause the video, mute, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4XnEXoKJvI&hd=1 , pres play and enjoy.
You are welcome.

Great video BTW Wink
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 it works just perfect, u are right!
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 amazing light.. top video.
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  • + 1
 Wow....just wow....wow....
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 Totally next level riding.
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 King of the manuals ?
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 PS Walk the line... 3 amazing
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  • + 1
 that kid got skillz
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 so much flow!
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 nice work man!
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 Killing in the name of..
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 sweet style, real moto
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