About Jack Bauer
Bauer was raised in Parapara, a small settlement near the township of Takaka in Golden Bay. A remote area of New Zealand that offered little in the way of competitive cycling, Bauer grew up racing mountain bikes in New Zealand’s South Island. In 2003, Bauer began his tertiary studies at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. While competing nationally on the mountain bike during his tertiary studies, it wasn’t until 2009 that Bauer switched to full-time road cycling. During his teenage years and into his early twenties, Bauer was often seen around the New Zealand Music scene playing bass in a band called Dream Farm. In 2006, Bauer completed his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. Following on from the breakup of the band in mid 2009, Bauer relocated to Gent, Belgium to pursue road cycling seriously with an eye on gaining a professional road contract. A successful 6 month stint racing the amateur criterium scene in Gent led to a 2 year contract with Scottish Continental team Endura Racing.
In January 2010, while riding for Endura Racing Bauer won the 2010 New Zealand National Road Race Championships. In November 2011, following a successful season with Endura Racing, Bauer signed at World Tour level with pro-team Garmin–Cervelo. He remained with the squad through the 2013, 2014,2015 and 2016 seasons. A standout performance on the fifteenth stage of the 2014 Tour de France saw Bauer come within metres of delivering New Zealand’s first individual stage win in the Tour de France. Bauer had broken away with Switzerland’s Martin Elmiger for the entirety of the 222 km stage, only to be caught by the charging peloton on the line. This performance only served to enhance Bauer’s passion for France’s greatest race.
On Stage 5 of the 2015 Tour de France, Bauer crashed twice on wet, treacherous roads sustaining a break to the head of his left femur. His season in tatters and career in jeopardy, Bauer underwent months of surgery, recovery and rehabilitation before making a return to training properly on the bike again in late 2015. A successful return to the professional peloton at the 2016 Volta Valencia signalled Bauer’s comeback and return to the sport’s highest level. In September 2016, following a defiant stage win at the Tour of Britain, Bauer announced signing with pro-team Etixx – Quick-Step for the 2017 season. Bauer currently resides in Catalonia, Spain with his Australian wife Sarah.