Birthday: February 15, 1994
Hometown: Coldstream, BC
Top Disciplines: DH, Dual Slalom, Dual Speed & Style
Bas ’Steezebergen’ (“didn’t start that myself I swear”) van Steenbergen has been a fixture on the Crankworx scene since 2011. Born in the US, raised in Holland, and now with a home base in Coldstream, BC, van Steenbergen has been ripping on two wheels since his parents took the training wheels off his bike at three-years-old. When he was 14 he started racing BMX, progressing to downhill racing at 17, then making his Crankworx debut in 2010, topping the podium as a Junior for the first time the following year.
Where were you born?
Where’s home for you now?
What first got you in to mountain biking?
I raced motocross and BMX when I was younger, so when we moved to BC mountain biking just seemed like a fun thing to try.
Where’s your favourite place to ride?
When did you decide this is something you wanted to do professionally?
I don’t know if this was ever really a decision, it just kind of slowly happened, we were always riding every single day not really thinking anything would come from it. Eventually we started getting some sponsorships which, then we started getting paid a tiny bit and now it’s a job, pretty wild!
Describe your first Crankworx experience.
I think I was 15 years old, and it was briefly after I started riding DH bikes. My first race was the Garbanzo DH, I didn’t really know what to expect and ended up being super intimidated, my first lap down must’ve taken my brother and I hours. Learning that track was so gnarly.
I also remember being pretty worried about getting passed in my race run and getting in peoples way. The opposite kind of ended up being true as I passed like 4 kids in front of me, I think I ended up 6th, so that was pretty cool!
What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment to date?
Winning the Whistler Air DH in 2016 for sure, that one came out of nowhere. I think the year before I was 11th and I was already pretty stoked with that, so I was pretty much just hoping for a top 10 coming into that one.
What’s been your favourite Crankworx memory so far?
It’s hard to say, there has been a lot of fun and amazing moments, getting 3rd in dual slalom in 2013 I think was pretty awesome. I was still a junior so to race pro and end up on the podium was pretty amazing!
Do you have any projects on the go or any goals you’re working towards?
I stay pretty busy throughout the year for sure, so there is always things I’m working on as well as training for next season. I really enjoy the process of getting stronger and faster on the bike so I’m definitely looking forward to the races next year!
Beyond bikes, what other things are you in to?
I love riding dirt bikes, I go to the bouldering gym quite a bit these days, I love snowboarding in the winter as well, but I definitely get pretty grumpy if I have to stay off the bike for too long haha
Past Crankworx Podium Finishes:
2011 Jeep Air DH at Crankworx Whistler – Gold, Junior Men
2011 Dual Slalom at Crankworx Whistler – Gold, Junior Men
2012 Giant Dual Slalom at Crankworx Whistler – Bronze, Pro Men
2016 Fox Air DH at Crankworx Whistler – Gold, Pro Men
2016 Giant Dual Slalom at Crankworx Whistler – Bronze, Pro Men
2017 Crankworx Rotorua Air Downhill – Bronze, Pro Men
2017 Giant Dual Slalom presented by 100% – Silver, Pro Men
2018 Fox Air DH Whistler – Bronze, Pro Men