It appears that the sport of mountain biking is alive and well in the Okanagan Valley and you don’t have to look further than Tom van Steenbergen for proof.
The 16-year-old has been riding mountains bikes for the past three years, ever since he moved here from Holland and switched over from BMX.
“There’s a lot of riding here and a lot of people who ride too,” says van Steenbergen, who counts Dreamland as one of his favorite areas.
After entering a few competitions earlier in the year, he received his first big break when he was invited to Crankworx in Whistler, arguably the world’s biggest mountain bike festival.
“It was a big change from what I was used to from racing, where there’s not a big crowd,” says van Steenbergen.
“This crowd was huge and it just gets you pumped up. There were a lot of kids doing big tricks and that motivates you too.”
Steenbergen’s event was the Best Trick Showdown, his trick of choice: front-flip, no hander on the step down.
“I didn’t have any nerves because I didn’t have any expectations, I just kind of rode for fun and it worked.”
He aims to ride at some indoor tracks during the winter months and enter more competitions in the spring.