Steve Bauer Classic Presented by St. Davids Hydroponics Returns

Builds Excitement for 2021 Canada Summer Games

The cycling world is buzzing with anticipation and excitement with Cycle Sport Management’s and the St. Catharines Cycling Club’s announcement of the 2017 Steve Bauer Classic presented by St. Davids Hydroponics.

The Steve Bauer Classic p/b St. Davids Hydroponics cycling race returns to the beautiful Southern Ontario’s Niagara Region, the Town of Pelham on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

St. Davids Hydroponics continues with great local support as the presenting sponsor of the Classic, renamed in 2016 to honour Canada’s cycling legend Steve Bauer.

Road cyclist racers will travel from Ontario, Quebec and the eastern USA to compete in the Steve Bauer Classic p/b St. Davids Hydroponics over its renowned race course in the Town of Pelham with the repetitive and challenging Sailors’ Hill reaching 14.8% grade.

Men and women elite racers will lined up at the start line on Effingham Street.  The Classic is always a great venue for Ontario clubs and trade teams to showcase budding junior talents and master’s classes.  The challenging course of the Classic is ideally positioned on the spring calendar for racers to test their form against their adversaries a month prior to the Canadian National Road Championships.

Cycle Sport Management Inc. and the St. Catharines Cycling Club are beaming with pride that the 2021 Canada Summer Games will be hosted by the Niagara Region and segments of the Steve Bauer Classic race course are likely to be utilized for the 2021 Canada Summer Game’s proposed road cycling course.  Cycle Sport Management is working closely with the Niagara Sport Commission to fulfil a great event in 2021.

The Canadian cycling’s great, Steve Bauer, who is now BMC Racing Team’s Director of V.I.P. Services, personally designed and enhanced the 2017 Steve Bauer Classic course.  “This is a very exciting time of the year for me to have my name associated with the Niagara Region, the Town of Pelham and my home club the St. Catharines Cycling Club.  It’s fantastic to learn the Niagara Region will have the honour to host the 2021 Canada Summer Games” commented Bauer.

Wally Tykoliz, President of the St. Catharines Cycling Club  “Steve Bauer has created a cycling renaissance in our passion, the sport of cycling and we are excited to be working alongside of Steve  Bauer and Josee Larocque in providing a professional racing experience in the Town of Pelham.”

About St. Davids Hydroponics

It’s all about quality. This is the driving force behind everything at St. Davids Hydroponics Ltd. Establish since 1985, it’s now comprised of 75 acres of high tech glass greenhouses at two locations in Niagara.  St. Davids Hydroponics is the largest producer locally, and in North America, of the most delicious and best tasting greenhouse grown European bell peppers and eggplants.  It delivers safe, delicious and responsibly grown produce to the end consumer.

All information and registration available via the SBC website.

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SBC 2016 MWE1 Winners Ed Veal & Leah Kirchmann with Steve Bauer – Photo Credit M2 Imaging

SBC 2016 WE1 Podium (left to right) – Jamie Gilgen, Leah Kirchmann, Luce, Sara Gianoveti. Photo Credit M2 Imaging

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Races Starters Unveiled

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Strong Competitive Racing Fields for the Steve Bauer Classic presented by St. Davids Hydroponics. 

The Steve Bauer Classic p/b St. David’s Hydroponics is ready to roll tomorrow, expecting perfect weather and a stellar race field for Saturday May 21st in the Town of Pelham.

Last years winners of the elite women and men’s races will return to defend their titles namely Leah Kirchmann of Liv-Plantur and Ryan Roth of Silber Pro Cycling.

Team NCCH p/b DEC Express will bring one of the largest contingencies of riders with a solid and competitive youth component. Highlighting of some elite talent in the group is U23 Jonathan Lewis from Australia (racing as a stagier in canada) Jordann Jones (National Junior track team), Niagara local Brandon Etzl and  Simon Fothergill for the men with Amelia Bell, Hillary Lowry, Kaitlyn Steeves rounding out the ladies roster.
Kallisto FCV bp Toyo Tires brings a strong group of juniors.  Riders such as Lucas Taylor, Chris Ernst with the men and Kassandra Kriarakis with the ladies promise to make these category races exciting to watch.

The Centurion Next Wave coming from the North with a group of young juniors such as Matthew and Graydon Staples, Jake Allaire, Gavin Kerr, Cole Shumacher and Noah Simms in the men’s U19 and elite 1-2 and women elite 1-2 Ruby West, junior cyclo-cross national team member who competed at the Junior World cyclo-cross in Belgium last fall.

The Canadian trade team SAS – Macogep – Acquisio propelled by Mazda from Quebec  will be supporting 2014 winner Sarah Anne Rasmussen of Ancaster with three Quebec women elite 1-2: Beatrice Lesauteur, Luce Bourbeau and Adriane Provost.

Real Deal D’Ornellas will be battling among the men elite 1-2 field with a strong team led by National Team pursuit team member Ed Veal.

Morning Glory Cycling Club has the biggest group of racers from any club to make the trip to Pelham to compete fielding mainly a combination of Masters and Elite men.

Noteable strongmen not to be overlooked are Canadian Master C Road Champion Ron Amos racing for Hammer 53-11 who will test himself with the Elite 1-2 and returning MM1 champion Steve McKee who tends to be top in all the races he goes for riders for Wheels of Bloor.

Several other teams will be represented during the Classic.  Just to name a few:  B1 Evo, Beaches Cycling Club,  Kurzawinski Coach – Bike Zone, MidWeek Cycling Club, Novo Fit-Compass 360 Racing, Liv Giant Toronto p/b Powerwatts, PHI Hotel Group / P-K Express, Rise Racing, Tower International, WASPcam, Waterloo Cycling Club and many others.

In this year’s fields, 3 countries will be represented: Canada, USA and Australia under 3 provinces and 1 state: Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, British Columbia, and New York.

We invite all locals, friends and family to come support and cheers these athletes on Saturday for a challenging competition.
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Sponsors are Stepping up for the Steve Bauer Classic

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The Steve Bauer Classic presented by St. David’s Hydroponics is ecstatic to announce a growing list of supporters for the Ontario Cup race on Saturday May 21st.

“Since we partnered with the St. Catharines Cycling Club and rebranded the Classic the contribution from local businesses in Niagara and further reaching in Ontario has been impressive” said Bauer.  “We are proud to provide a rich product prize list for the riders in addition to the $5600 plus cash purse due to the generosity of our sponsors”.

The Presenting Sponsor

Silver Level Sponsors
  • Auto FX Graphics & Designs –  Official signage and banner production specialized in  marketing applications.  Supporting cycling events in the Niagara for over 15 years.
Bronze Level Sponsors
  • The Humberview GroupApplewood Auto providing Cadillacs as lead and official vehicles of the race caravan.
  • Liberty Bicycles – Established flagship bicycle shop in St. Catharines since 1992 known for top service, quality brands and their long term support of events;
  • Lignam Bicycle Company – #onthewall mounted beautiful handcrafted furniture for your bike.
  • D’Ornella’s Bike Shop – Proven resource in servicing client cyclists and the club membership with the name shop located in Scarborough.

Supporting  Sponsors

  • ASI Group Marine and Water – Your go-to water and wastewater management partner;
  • Front Row Sports – Reputable sports retailer in Thorold has expanded its product offering for cyclists with top brands and services;
  • Vellend Tech – A leader in the Canadian cycling industry, Vellend Tech is the national distributor for premiere brands;
  • Kiju Organic – “Kee-joo” is an Ontario company, Nothing but Nature, proudly producing 100% organic fruit juice and tea;

We thank everyone that has joined us in building the success of the Steve Bauer Classic presented by St. Davids Hydroponics including our local venue partners; the Town of Pelham, The Niagara Regional Police and Bissells Hideaway.

Register Now – for the Steve Bauer Classic presented by St. Davids Hydroponics.
Online registrations close Thursday May 19 at midnight.  No registration the day of.

All information and registration are available on

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Tech Guide is out!

April 30, 2016

Dear Fellow Road Racers

The Steve Bauer Classic Technical Guide V02 is now ready and uploaded here.

We are excited to announce some changes to the race format.

This year we have increased both the Women Elite 1-2 and the Men U19 / Elite 3 races to 8 laps of the course with a total distance of 98.6 km.  We are aiming to provide the necessary difficulty these categories require.

The Women Elite 1-2 will race in Wave 3 at 2:10 pm with the Men Elite 1-2 in the showcase events.

The Men Masters 1 will now race in Wave 2 at 11:00 am followed by the Men U19 / Elite 3 and the Men Masters 2 on the designated time delays.

Please register early and help us make this event a great success.


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The Steve Bauer Classic partners with new Presenting Sponsor

The St. Catharines Cycling Club and Cycle Sport Management are pleased to announce St. Davids Hydroponics as the presenting sponsor of the Steve Bauer Classic scheduled for Saturday May 21st.

The Classic will now become the Steve Bauer Classic presented by St. Davids Hydroponics.
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St. Davids Hydroponics, the largest producer of greenhouse grown bell peppers and eggplant locally with 75 acres of high tech glass greenhouses at two locations in Niagara, is honored to be a part of the Steve Bauer Classic Team! General Manager Toine van der Knaap’s excitement for the success of the Classic stem from his Dutch heritage where he raced at a young age and still today as an avid cyclist. “The team at St. Davids is practicing stringent food safety and producing healthy foods every day, it goes hand in hand with the spirit of the Classic as a healthy way to have fun!” stated Mr. Van der Knaap.

“It is fantastic to have a local business with an international market for its quality products willing to support road racing and the St. Catharines Cycling Clubs initiatives. Mr. Van der Knaap mentioned to me on a recent tour of the impressive greenhouse facility that he eats one bell pepper a day. The best source of vitamin C!” added Bauer.

The Classic is offering $,5,000.00 in cash plus prizes and is expecting a top quality field of road racers.

Registration for the Steve Bauer Classic presented by St. Davids Hydroponics in now live.
All information and registration are available on our website.

The Niagara Classic Road Race To Become The Steve Bauer Classic

St. Catharines Cycling Club and Cycle Sport Management partner to organize the newly named Steve Bauer Classic.

On Saturday May 21, road racers from Ontario, Quebec and eastern USA will compete in the Steve Bauer Classic over the traditional race course in the Town of Pelham.  The Niagara Classic bicycle race a long standing springtime road race on the Ontario calendar once began as the Effingham Road Race.

Cycle Sport Management Inc. has formed a new partnership with the St. Catharines Cycling Club to share the event management of the Classic to ensure a top quality Ontario Cup race this year and for the future.  The Finish line will once again return to the traditional position at the top of the Effingham hill.  The Classic is ideally positioned on the spring calendar for racers to test their form against their adversaries.

Canadian professional’s Leah Kirchmann of Team Liv-Plantur and Ryan Roth of Silber Pro Cycling, both winners of the 2015 edition in the Elite categories have expressed keen interest to return this year if their team’s racing calendars permit. Canada`s women`s trade team SAS Macogep Aquisio p/b Mazda are committed to compete in the Classic to prepare for the UCI sanctioned Grand Prix Cyclist Gatineau near Ottawa. In addition to the elites, the Classic is always great venue for Ontario club teams to showcase budding junior talent and classes of masters.

Steve Bauer commented: “I am proud to align my name and work with the St. Catharines CC on this iconic event.  These roads are my roots and I enjoyed the freedom to train and develop my talents from my home.  It is terrific to share my experience of the classic with the participants for years to come.”

“Steve is lifetime member of the St. Catharines Cycling Club” added Wally Tykoliz President of the St. Catharines Cycling Club, “We are enthusiastic to have Steve join forces with us to build upon the great road racing heritage of the Classic.  We aim to provide an exceptional experience for the road racing community in Canada”.

All information and registration will be soon available.