Tom van Steenbergen Joins Trek C3 Project

Jan 6, 2014
by Trek Bikes  
Trek s newest C3 team member. Images by Matthew Butterworth Virtu Media

The Trek C3 Project (Competition, Cinematics, Creativity) is gearing up for another year of shredding with a fresh-faced addition to the already-stacked roster of Cam McCaul, Ryan Howard, Andrew Shandro, Brett Rheeder, and Brandon Semenuk.

Canadian youngster Tom van Steenbergen hails from the popular freeride destination, Kelowna, British Columbia, where he’s planning an early graduation from high school this January, allowing him to spend the spring focusing on his riding.

No stranger to the pressures of competition, Tom raced BMX and downhill before switching to slopestyle when he was 15. He showed promise in his first year on the FMB World Tour by winning two Best Trick contests, one of them at the world’s largest mountain bike festival, Crankworx Whistler. He carried his momentum from his debut year into the 2013 season with podium finishes at several FMB World Tour events, as well as a wildcard invitation to the famed Red Bull Rampage.

The 17-year-old ripper is stoked to join the C3 Project. “Being part of the C3 team is a dream come true. I never thought that I would be the next rider to join this amazing team. Guys like Cam McCaul and Brandon Semenuk are the guys that inspired me to ride a bike, and now we are teammates. I can’t even begin to explain what that feels like,” said van Steenbergen.

Trek s newest C3 team member. Images by Matthew Butterworth Virtu Media

Tom joins his C3 teammates under the guidance of team rider/manager and freeride pioneer Andrew Shandro who had this to add; “Tom has been throwing it down the last few years. He has an impressive bag of tricks and is equally as capable on a DJ, slope and DH bike, which is rare for a young shredder. It’s awesome to have Tom on the program.”

For 2014, the C3 riders will show their style on Trek Ticket DJ hardtails, Ticket S slopestyle bikes, and Session Park downhill bikes. This is the first year that consumers will be able to buy these coveted frames through the recently announced Race Shop Limited program, which includes limited runs of each model.

Look for Tom and the rest of the C3 Project in the coming year’s best video edits and most exciting competitions.


  • 54 5
 well i guess the brother projects aer about over
  • 10 3
 This is true, but they had different sponsors anyway, so hopefully he will still find time to film with his bro. I will sure miss them otherwise.
  • 12 2
 Does kinda feel like they broke up though
  • 14 1
 his bro saif he was realy happy for him and that they will continue to film together, don't worry
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flag Lilshredman (Jan 6, 2014 at 16:22) (Below Threshold)
  • 92 0
 We will continue to make edits together haha, our brother projects are never going to end!!
  • 24 0
 yeah who cares if they have all matching sponsors, brothers are still brothers. for example me and tom have a ton of brother projects coming up soon
  • 2 0
 yaaaaay i love your guys edits and when you ride trails at silver star i see you around all the time and try to follow..... never end up seeing you at the bottom tho
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flag ir0cks (Jan 6, 2014 at 21:40) (Below Threshold)
 Big S always buys them out though.
  • 3 0
 Saint cranks with no chainguide.
  • 1 6
flag rider1999 (Jan 27, 2014 at 21:38) (Below Threshold)
 he does not deserve this at all.... I should be on...
  • 38 1
 Trek's slopestyle team is stacked...this upcoming season is gonna be nuts.
  • 26 1
 The new Kona clump team
  • 7 1
 They have always been stacked...
  • 14 4
 Trek has the best riders in the majority of the biking disciplines.
  • 1 10
flag ir0cks (Jan 6, 2014 at 21:41) (Below Threshold)
 Big S always buys them out though.
  • 2 1
 Big S only bought Gwin and isn't as prestigious as Trek.
  • 17 0
 Miniflip monday paid off
  • 9 0
 so good tom is a boss and deserves it!!! taking minifrontflips to the top!
  • 13 5
 Fuck I loved him on Transition
  • 4 1
 thought i was the only one
  • 9 2
 yes we transition'ers have taken a hit today
  • 6 4
  • 6 1
 Riding with the C3 team will only bring out the best in him because they are a great group of riders, like brett coming from norco, he picked up so many sponsors and i only think the same is going to happen for tom
  • 7 0
 Got my vote for where his shifter is placed!
  • 5 3
 thats suck a stacked team, treks going to have a rider on every podium next year on the fmb or close to it, congrats on joining/being invited to what looks like the power house of freeride for 2014.
  • 3 1
 Always wondered what C3 stood for! Great to see another brilliant rider on the project.
  • 3 1
 Wow, good for him. The C3 Project is only getting more and more talent! If they stay healthy, watch out FMB.
  • 6 3
 NOOOOOO!!!!!!! what happened with transition bikes Frown
  • 7 1
 they dont have the $$$$$$$ to offer up like trek can...
  • 4 1
 Wow! Big props to Tom and Trek. I'm having daydreams of #notbad2!
  • 1 0
 I wish I could get out of the marines and ride more so I can get half as good as these guys lol. Sometimes I regret joining cause of it
  • 3 1
 Finally got the break he deserves.
  • 2 0
 YEAHH! So Stoked on this!
  • 3 1
 Yeahhh TOM!!! So stoked!!
  • 2 1
 Funny, I just watched NotBad
  • 3 1
 It's about time!
  • 3 1
 The guy deserves it!! Smile
  • 2 0
 well deserved
  • 2 1
 Great job Tom!! good luck this year tup
  • 4 3
 he will be the next big name i think
  • 2 1
  • 2 1
 Sick to see tom on the C3 team. Cant wait too see him shred this season!
  • 2 2
 Hell yeah, stoked to watch him climb up through the ranks and make it to such a high level. Nice going dude!
  • 3 2
 Wish I could graduate early to ride
  • 2 0
  • 1 0
 well deserved congrats tom
  • 1 0
 Boy...Trek is one hella stround team!!!
  • 1 0
 Cool, well deserved! Shred it!
  • 1 0
 Happy flights and safe landings with Trek!
  • 2 0
 scenario!!!!! Smile
  • 1 1
 I could never understand why the Canadians have rear gears instead of just a singlespeed in their slope bikes.
  • 2 1
 Yeah Tom!!
  • 1 0
  • 1 2
 wish i could be apart of the C3 project
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