Former Canadian pro Steve Bauer carrying Pan Am torch

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The Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) has revealed nine Canadian celebrities—including former pro road racer and yellow jersey wearer Steve Bauer—to participate in the TO2015 Torch Relay, which will begin on May 30.

Bauer will be carrying the Torch in the Town of Milton, Ontario, on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, using his preferred mode of transportation. He’ll ride his bicycle to complete the leg of the relay from the Town of Milton Sports Centre to the Milton Centre for the Arts.

“It’s a wonderful honor to be nominated to participate in the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Torch relay,” Bauer said. “In my competitive years as a cyclist, I was so focused on the competition of my sport that I never engaged in the ceremonious events. This time I will join the celebration in Milton, where I have developing programming at Canada’s new velodrome. It’s truly a pleasure to join the Torch Relay team and contribute in the build up of excitement prior to the games. I would like to extend my gratitude to OLG for my nomination and this opportunity!”

Bauer, 55, rose to prominence when he won the silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic road race, weeks before taking bronze at the world championships pro road race in Barcelona. Bauer spent 14 stages in the leader’s yellow jersey of the Tour de France, and is best known for his tenure with Team 7-Eleven and Motorola. He was inducted into both Canadian Olympic and Sports Hall of Fames in 2005.

Bauer will be joined by celebrities Blue Rodeo lead singer Jim Cuddy, Olympic freestyle skier Alexandre Bilodeau, and Olympic figure skater Patrick Chan on the Torchbearer team.

 

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