Steve Bauer was born in St. Catharines and raised in Fenwick, Ontario where like many young Canadians he grew up playing hockey. It wasn’t until the age of 16 that he began to pursue cycling as a sport. In the spring of 1977 he joined the Canadian National Track Cycling team as a junior. After racing at the Track World Cycling Championships in Vienna, Austria and San Cristobal, Venezuela as a senior Steve fully committed to a professional career in cycling. Between 1981-1984 Steve road with GS Mangonie where he was mentored and trained like a pro by founder Fred Mengonie. In 1985 Steve made his debut riding at the Tour de France as a first year pro with the La Vie Claire Team.
Throughout his career Steve has brought recognition to Canada on the international cycling stage. He’s won a silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games Road Race, and a bronze at the Professional Road World Championship in Barcelona, Spain. Over his career Steve has participated in 11 Tours from 1985 to 1995. In 2005 he was inducted to the Canadian Olympic Sport Hall of Fame and Canadian Sport Hall of Fame.
After retiring in 1996 Steve has remained an active member of the cycling community. He co-founded Steve Bauer Bike Tours, based in St. Catharines and along with Josee Larocque founded Cycle Sport Management, which built Canada’s first ever continental professional road men’s cycling team from 2008 to 2012. Currently Steve heads the direction of the National Cycling Institute Milton at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario.