Open main menu

Steven Todd Bauer, MSM (born June 12, 1959) is a former professional road bicycle racer from Canada. He is an Olympic medalist and winner of several professional races. He is the winner of the first Olympic medal in road cycling for Canada.

Steve Bauer
Personal information
Full nameSteve Bauer
Born (1959-06-12) June 12, 1959 (age 59)
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Team information
DisciplineRoad & Track
RoleRider (retired)
Sporting director
Amateur team(s)
1980AMF Racing
1981–1984GS Mengoni
Professional team(s)
1985–1987La Vie Claire
1988–1989La Suisse
1996Saturn Cycling Team
Managerial team(s)
2008–2012Team R.A.C.E. Pro
Major wins
National Road Race Champion (1981–1983)
National Track Point Race Champion (1981-1982)Stage 1 Tour de France (1988)
Prologue Dauphiné Libéré (1989)
Zürich-Metzgete WC (1989)


Cycling careerEdit

Bauer joined the Canadian national cycling team in 1977, competing in team pursuit. He would remain on the national team for seven years, winning the national road race championship in 1981, 1982, and 1983, competing in the Commonwealth Games (1978, 1982), the Pan American Games (1979).

He capped his amateur career with a silver medal in the men's cycling road race at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.[1] This was the first medal in road cycling for Canada at the Olympics.[2]

Bauer turned professional following the Olympics, and in his second professional race, won the bronze medal at the world cycling championship road race in Barcelona.

Between 1985 and 1995, he competed in 11 Tours de France. He began his professional career in 1985 on the La Vie Claire team of Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond, where he stayed until leaving for Weinmann / La Suisse in 1988. Bauer finished fourth in the 1988 Tour, winning the first stage and wearing the yellow jersey for five days, the second Canadian to wear the jersey. The first was Alex Stieda in 1986, who was also the first North American to wear the yellow jersey.[3]

At the 1988 world championship, Claude Criquielion collided with Bauer as he tried to pass unsuccessfully along the barriers. Criquielion lost his balance and struck a policeman and the barrier footings causing him to crash. His bike pushed out Bauer's rear wheel as he fell. Bauer was disqualified and the UCI refused to review clear video evidence of the barriers narrowing the finish. These facts were brought to the courts once Criquielion sued Bauer for criminal assault. The municipal court of Oudenaarde ruled in Bauer's favour, which was upheld in both the Appeal Court and the Supreme court, at which stage Criquielion was fined for bringing the case a third time in a process that lasted for more than five years.

In 1989 Bauer won the Züri-Metzgete. In 1990, he took second place in Paris–Roubaix to Belgian Eddy Planckaert. The finish was so close that the officials had to study the photo-finish for more than ten minutes before Planckaert was finally declared the winner. After 266 kilometers of racing, Planckaert had just edged Bauer by less than a centimeter, making it the closest finish of the race's history.[4]

Riding for 7-Eleven, Bauer wore the Yellow Jersey for nine stages during the 1990 Tour, finishing 27th. For his 1993 Paris-Roubaix campaign, he had a bike built by the Merckx factory with "an extreme rearward seat position" to test his theory that it would "engag[e] the quadriceps more efficiently" and with it "more power to the pedals". He failed to make the top ten (finishing over 4 minutes behind the winner in 23rd place [5]) and never rode the bike again.[6]

In 1994, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (civil division) for having "paved the way for Canada's coming generations of cycling enthusiasts".[7]

In 1996, with professionals allowed in the Olympics, Bauer became a member of the Canadian team for the 1996 Summer Olympics, finishing 41st in the road race. He announced his retirement later that year at 37. The following year, he co-founded Steve Bauer Bike Tours.

In 2005 Steve was inducted to the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame[8] and the Canadian Sport Hall of Fame.[9] Bauer also participated in the Red Bull Road Rage held on Tuna Canyon, Malibu, California.

In 2013, Bauer raced in the Canadian Cycling Championships in the Men's 50-59 road race and finished fourth.[10]

In 2015, Bauer raced in the Canadian Track Championships in the Men's 50-59 and finished 1st in the Scratch race, 1st in the Individual Pursuit and 2nd in the Points Race.

Team managementEdit

In September 2007, Bauer co-founded Cycle Sport Management which developed and owned a UCI Continental men road cycling team for 2008-2010 and a UCI Pro Continental men road cycling team 2011 & 2012.

Bauer was the co-owner and head directeur sportif of the team, which raced under a UCI Continental licence as Team R.A.C.E. Pro in 2008, Planet Energy in 2009 and SpiderTech–Planet Energy in 2010, before it stepped up to UCI Professional Continental status for 2011 and 2012 under the name SpiderTech–C10.

Major results[11][12]Edit

Tour of Somerville
  Canada National Road Race Champion
  Canada National Track Point Race Champion
Stage 9 & 11 Red Zigner Coors Classic
  Canada National Road Race Champion
  Canada National Track Point Champion
  Canada National Road Race Champion
Tour of Sommerville
  Canada 1984 Summer Olympics Road Race Silver Medal
Stage 3 TTT Tour de France
GP Aix en Provence
Stage 2a Tour Midi Pyerenees
Stages 2, 11 & 16 Coors Classic
Canadian Tire-Chin
Stage 2 Tour of Ireland
Carlsberg Light GP
Stage 1 Criterium International
Carlsberg Light GP
Stage 1b Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
Tour de l'Oise
Stage 1 Étoile de Bessèges
Trofeo Pantalica
Tour de Picardie
Stage 8 Tour de Suisse
Stage 1 Tour de France
Grand Prix des Amériques (cyclisme)
Prologue Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
Zürich-Metzgete World Cup
2nd Paris–Roubaix
Stage 7 & 10 Tour DuPont
Stage 2 Volta a Galicia
Minneapolis Northwest Cup
Stage 3 Tour DuPont
Roanoke Valley GP
Stage 1 Thames Valley GP
Stage 9 & 10 Ronde van Rijnland-Pfalz
Roanoke Valley GP
Stage 1b & 6 Ronde van Nedersaksen
  Canada National Champion - Track - Master C Scratch Race
  Canada National Champion - Track - Master C Individual Pursuit

Tour de FranceEdit

  • 1985 — 10th Wore the White Jersey (Best Young Riders Jersey) for most of the Tour.
  • 1986 — 23rd
  • 1987 — 74th
  • 1988 — 4th Stage 1 Victory from Pontchateau to Machecoul and 5 days in Yellow Jersey
  • 1989 — 15th
  • 1990 — 27th Led the Tour, 9 consecutive days in Yellow Jersey
  • 1991 — 97th
  • 1993 — 101st
  • 1995 — 101st

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Steve Bauer Olympic Results". Sports Reference. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  2. ^ Canadian Press (22 June 2012). "London 2012: Hesjedal and Hughes to lead Canadian road cycling team at London Games". Toronto Star. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
  3. ^ "History of Canadians in the Tour". Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  4. ^ Birnie, Lionel (5 April 2010). "Cycle Sport's Classic Race: 1990 Paris–Roubaix". Cycling weekly. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  5. ^ "1993 Paris - Roubaix complete results". Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  6. ^ Velominati (Keepers of the Cog) (2013). The Rules: The way of the cycling disciple. London: Sceptre. p124. ISBN 978-1-444-76751-3.
  7. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-20. Retrieved 2015-02-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ June 28/13 - Results Canadian Masters Cycling Championship 2013
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-02-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^

External linksEdit