Former rider and multiple Canadian national champion, Steve Bauer has joined the BMC Racing team in the newly created role of Director of VIP Services.
Bauer turned professional with the La Vie Claire team in 1985, after taking silver at the Los Angeles Olympic Games the season before, joining Tour de France contenders Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond. In 1988, he became the second Canadian to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey after winning stage 1 and kept hold of the race leader’s jersey for five days.
He first worked with BMC's team manager Jim Ochowicz in 1990 when he raced on the 7-Eleven team. That same season, he spent a further nine days in the yellow jersey to bring his total up to 14. During his career, Bauer rode 11 Tours de France. Other achievements included second place at Paris-Roubaix in 1990, a stage of the Criterium International and the prologue of the 1989 Criterium du Dauphine Libere. He finally hung up his racing wheels in 1996, returning to cycling in 2008 as the co-owner and manager of the Team R.A.C.E. Pro Continental squad. The team (then known as Spidertech) eventually folded at the end of 2012. It was hoping to focus on gaining WorldTour status but never returned to racing action.
He has continued running his company Steve Bauer Bike Tours in the meantime, which he says will help him in his new position at the new squad. In addition, he has spent the last two years as Coordinator and Head Coach for Cycling at the new indoor Mattamy National Cycling Centre velodrome in Milton, Ontario.
"I'm super excited to take this challenge which really came out of the blue. Through Steve Bauer Bike Tours we're always hosting VIPs so when Jim Ochowicz phoned me it seemed to be a great fit. I know the sport well, I'm passionate about the sport, logistics and hosting people in an on the road environment is something that I've already done and just being familiar with the BMC Racing Team group is what attracted me to the role," Bauer said in a team press release.
"To come back into WorldTour cycling is extremely exciting, especially with such a high-level team. BMC Racing Team is obviously one of the top teams on the WorldTour. I'm certainly looking forward to meeting the TAG Heuer team and all of the partners and the people that they'll be bringing to the events. It's a great opportunity and certainly also a challenge, for me personally and also the team, to fulfil VIP services within the sport environment."