Each year Oxford University Press, makers of Oxford Dictionaries, selects a Word of the Year. It’s top terms in 2012? ''Omnishambles'' for the UK and ''gif'' for America. And while neither of these has particular relevance amongst mountain bikers (although Sequence Saturday is a glorified gif) I think the concept could be used for our sport. In my mind 2012’s mountain bike word of the year is: collaboration.
This has been the season of partnerships; from old favourites like The Coastal Crew, Silvia, Anthill Films, and Freeride Entertainment, to new ones like MindSpark (Nic Genovese/Aaron LaRocque), and Absolute Zero (David Peacock, Liam Mullany, and Andre Nutini), we’ve seen resources pooled, talents combined, and creativity coalesced. And this video is the perfect example of a new paradigm, in it Harrison Mendel, Rupert Walker, and Virtu Media joined forces to film Tom van Steenbergen laying a smackdown on Kelowna’s answer to the Post Office. The iconic (some might say infamous/played out) Dreamland jumps.
Freakishly talented families aren't exactly uncommon these days (the Atherton's, McCaul's, Berrecloth's, Lacondeguy's, Genovese's) but the van Steenbergen's are proving they deserve inclusion amongst the elite. While Bas is known for speed and style, Tom ''SHUT THE FRONT DOOR'' at Crankworx last year, winning the Teva Best Trick with a massive frontflip tuck no hander off the Bud Light shed. And he took the junior Dual Slalom win too. And did I mention he's 16?