The Ontario Cycling Association [OCA] and Cycle Sport Management [CSM] are thrilled to announce that the Steve Bauer Classic presented by St. Davids Hydroponics will be the location of the 2019 Ontario Road Provincial Championships on Saturday, May 18th, 2019.
The Niagara Classic was originally held by the St. Catharines Cycling Club in 1984. In 2016, the Classic was renamed to the Steve Bauer Classic by request from the club to honour the accomplishments of Steve Bauer, a native of St. Catharines and life member of the club. St. Davids Hydroponics has been a leading sponsor and supporter of the Classic since that transition. The St. Catharines Cycling club continues to be a valuable contributor to the race’s success.
The Steve Bauer Classic/Niagara Classic is a staple in Ontario road racing and has become a must in riders’ calendars. There have been several well-known road racers who have won the classic over the years: Steve Bauer, Gervais Rioux, Erik Wohlberg, Ryan Roth, Ed Veal, Bruce Bird, Karen Strong, Leah Kirchmann, Sue Palmer, Candice Moote, Suzie Brown, to name several.
In its 35th year, Effingham Hill, also known as Saylor’s Hill, will again prove to be a challenge to racers competing for the coveted Provincial Champion jersey. With a 14.8% maximum grade, the hill never disappoints and will make for a tough racing terrain for those who wish to attack and challenge their adversaries.
The Ontario Provincial Championships will be run on age-based categories. Riders are able to select from the following Provincial categories based on their birthday by the end of December 31st, 2019: Master C Men, Master D Men, Master B Men, Master A Men, Master B Women, Master A Women, U19 Men, U19 Women, U23 Men, U23 Women, Elite Women, Elite Men. Provincial Championship results will not count towards the Ontario Cup Road Series.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2019 Ontario Road Provincial Championships!
Full event details to come in the following weeks. Please follow @ontariocycling on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updated information. More information also available at @SBauerClassic.