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Join us on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, for The Baroudeur, Wayne State University's cycling event to raise money for student scholarships. The Baroudeur is a fun, noncompetitive event that gives riders of all abilities an opportunity to explore the Motor City and surrounding area on two wheels while helping economically disadvantaged students pursue higher education.
Schedule of Events
100-mile start time: 7 a.m.
62-mile start time: 8:30 a.m.
20-mile start time: 10 a.m.
Through June 18: $50
June 19 - July 18: $60
July 19 - August 15: $70
Registration will close at mignight on Aug. 15.
Packet pickup (participant wristband, t-shirt, etc.) is Friday, Aug. 18 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Matthaei Center parking lot. The gate to the parking lot will be open for pickups.
Bike drop off and packet pickup
Packet pickup the day of the ride opens at 6 a.m. Bike drop off and packet pickup are located across the street from Parking Structure 2, along Anthony Wayne Drive and Williams Mall. Please give yourself plenty of time to drop off your bike, pickup your packet and get to the starting line. Complimentary, secure bike valet will be provided following the ride.
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit
What is The Baroudeur?
Baroudeur means fighter or warrior in French. It is a term used in cycling for riders not afraid to break away from the peloton and do things on their own, even if they might be an underdog.
In Paul Fournel's collection of cycling essays, Vélo, he describes baroudeurs as "adventurers, opportunists and chancers. They do not seek the love of their colleagues in the peloton, but strain at the leash, pushing against convention, experimenting and taking risks. They are generalists and polymaths, adept at multiple disciplines."
Many Wayne State students and alumni are baroudeurs at heart, and all are Warriors.
There also is a tie with Detroit, where much of the ride will occur. The city was founded by a baroudeur, French explorer and adventurer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, on July 24, 1701.
• Post-ride lunch, beer and music
• Refreshments along the route
• Limited edition Baroudeur T-shirt
• Support and Gear (SAG) vehicles
• Free parking
Frequently asked questions
- What time do I need to arrive?
We recommend that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your ride to allow time to unload your bike, park your car, pick up your ride packet, return the packet to your car and then get to the starting line.
- Where does my registration fee go?
All net proceeds will directly benefit Wayne State University scholarships and the university's Helping Individuals Go Higher (HIGH) program, which supports students whose unstable housing situations threaten their dreams of earning a degree.
- What will I receive as part of my registration fee?
On the day of the ride, you will receive an event T-shirt, post-ride lunch, two tickets for Michigan craft beers, SAG support on the route and the gratitude of the entire Wayne State University community.
- Can I cancel my registration and receive a refund?
Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds. However, your fee will support a worthy cause.
- What are the routes?
Full route information is available here.
- When does each ride start?
We want riders participating in all distances to arrive back on campus between 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to ensure that everyone can enjoy the post-ride celebration. Riders should begin their respective distances at the following times:
• 100-mile ride (including Grosse Ile): Begins at 7 a.m.
• 62-mile ride (including Old Michigan Central Station): Begins at 8:30 a.m.
• 20-mile ride (including Belle Isle: Begins at 10 a.m.
- Which route should I select?
Every rider is different, so take moment to review the different routes and select one that you feel most comfortable with. Please consider your personal experience and fitness levels when making your route selection. Additional details can be found on our training page. The Baroudeur isn't a race, it's a fun, noncompetitive ride to raise funds for Wayne State student scholarships.
- How do I change my route distance?
You can ride whichever distance you want for the same price.
- How much training should I do?
The Baroudeur is a fun, non-competitive cycling event, so we strongly encourage you to select a distance you can comfortably finish in time to arrive back on campus to enjoy lunch, entertainment and drinks. When choosing between the 20, 62 or 100-mile ride please be realistic about how long it will take you to finish the ride, which requires stopping at all red lights and stop signs. You should plan on completing the ride no later than 1:30 p.m. Please keep these helpful tips in mind when selecting your Baroudeur ride distance:
• 100-mile route—By Aug. 12, you should be comfortably riding at least 120 miles per week, including weekday rides of 40 miles and one weekend ride of 50-60 miles.
• 62-mile route—By Aug. 12, you should be comfortably ridding 75-100 miles per week.
* Please note: you do not have to ride the distance you registered for, if you feel you are not prepared the day of the ride.
- Do I have to follow the rules of the road?
Yes. Traffic will not be stopped for the ride. Riders are expected to obey traffic lights and signs.
- Is there a minimum age to ride in The Baroudeur?
Riders must be at least 18 years old on race day.
- Can I ride with my infant or child?
No. 18 is the minimum age requirement for The Baroudeur.
- Can I make a donation to The Baroudeur if I’m not riding?
Absolutely. You can make a donation online.
- Is my donation and registration fee tax deductible, and if so, when will I receive a tax receipt?
Yes. Donations are tax deductible and a you will receive an email receipt within 24 hours of making a donation online. If you choose to mail a check or donate in person, you will receive a tax receipt in 7 to 10 business days. However, your registration fee is NOT tax deductible.