Ryder Hesjedal, cyclist (born 9 December 1980 in Victoria, BC). Ryder Hesjedal is a retired Canadian professional cyclist, and the first Canadian to win a Grand Tour race with his victory at the 2012 Giro d’Italia. He competed in international races between 1998 and 2016, first in mountain biking and then in road racing, and represented Canada at three Olympic Summer Games.
Stephen Todd “Steve” Bauer, cyclist, businessman (born 12 June 1959 in St. Catharines, ON). Steve Bauer won a silver medal in the men’s road cycling race at the 1984 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles. Four years later, he became the first Canadian to win a stage at the Tour de France. He won five stages in total during the 1988 Tour de France and finished fourth overall — a Canadian record. Bauer rode in the Tour de France 11 times between 1985 and 1995, and in 1990 he wore the yellow jersey for nine stages. He received the Meritorious Service Medal in 1994 in recognition of his importance in the Canadian cycling world. Bauer is a member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and the Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame.
Alex Stieda, cyclist, television commentator, columnist (born 13 April 1961 in Belleville, ON). In 1986, Canadian cyclist Alex Stieda became the first North American to wear the yellow jersey (or maillot jaune) in the Tour de France, as leader of the race. He also won a bronze medal in the individual pursuit (track cycling) at the 1982 Commonwealth Games and competed at the 1984 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles, California.
Kelly-Ann Way, cyclist, registered massage therapist (born 18 September 1964 in Windsor, Ontario). A successful track and road cyclist, Way famously won a stage at the Tour de France féminin in 1984. She was the first North American to win a stage at either the Tour de France or the Tour de France féminin. She was also the first Canadian to wear the maillot jaune as overall leader in the women’s tour. Way represented Canada at two Olympic Summer Games (1988 and 1992) and was a medallist at the Commonwealth Games.