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.
Safety is our top priority. Please remember The Baroudeur is an open road course, so cyclists will be riding with vehicular traffic and must obey traffic laws. All cyclists are required to wear a helmet. To help ensure your safety on ride day, there will be course marshals, directional signage, police patrols and sweepers on each route.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Baroudeur means fighter or warrior in French and 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.
Wayne State provides equal access and opportunity to higher education to many who may have otherwise not considered a college degree an attainable goal, and many of our students are baroudeurs at heart.
Your participation in the Baroudeur will help provide scholarships and support to Wayne State University students in financial need. Fundraising proceeds will directly benefit 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. Even though Wayne State has the lowest undergraduate tuition rate among Michigan’s three research universities, cost can be a major hurdle. In fact, approximately 77% of our undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid. For some students, just a few hundred dollars can make the difference between staying in school or dropping out – and your support can help fill the gap.
Any amount can make a difference.
The average award for undergraduates totals $1,884.
The estimated cost of books and supplies per semester is nearly $600.
Baroudeur Crowdrise Incentives
As a gesture of Wayne State University’s gratitude for those who contribute to the Baroudeur in support of student scholarships, we’re pleased to offer the following incentives for individuals who raise: