Wayne State University

Event details

Join us on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, 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.

37-mile start time: 8:30 a.m. 

20-mile start time: 10 a.m.


Through 11:59 p.m. on June 19: $60

June 20 through 11:59 p.m. on July 19: $70

July 20 through 11: 59 p.m. on August 14: $80

Registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14. 


Safety is our top priority. Please remember that 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. 

The Baroudeur is proud to support the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) by participating in their $1 Per Rider Program. Contributions help the LMB promote cycling and safety across the state. 



Complimentary parking is arranged in Structure 5 on Wayne State University's main campus. The parking structure is located at 5501 Anthony Wayne Drive, bordered by the Lodge service drive and Kirby. View the campus map

Packet pickup

Packet pickup (participant wristband, T-shirt, etc.) is Friday, Aug. 17, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Matthaei Center parking lot. The gate to the parking lot will be open for pickups.  


For your convenience, there is a block of rooms reserved for the Baroudeur at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center from Friday, Aug. 17, through Saturday, Aug. 18. To get the discounted room rate of $175 per night, call 313-568-8000 or book online by July 27 and reference the Wayne State University Cycling Room Block when making your reservation.

Ride day bike drop off and packet pickup

Packet pickup the day of the ride opens at 6 a.m. Bike drop-off and packet pickup on the day of the ride are located across the street from Parking Structure 5 on Anthony Wayne Drive, bordered by the Lodge service drive and Kirby, across from Structure 2. Please give yourself plenty of time to drop off your bike, pick up your packet and get to the starting line. Secure bike valet service will be available after the ride, free of charge. View the campus map

Start/finish line

The start/finish line is east of the registration area. Riders will begin along Gullen Mall, near the Student Center Building and the Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center

What is a 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.

The name also ties into Detroit, where much of the ride occurs. In 1701, the city was founded by a baroudeur — French explorer and adventurer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac.

Rider amenities

  • Post-ride lunch, beer and music

  • Refreshments along the route

  • Limited edition Baroudeur T-shirt

  • Support and Gear (SAG) vehicles

  • Free parking 

Ride Ride Ride Ride


  • Huntington
  • Aquafina Pepsi
  • Detroit Free Press
  • Detroit Medical Center
  • Campus Dining
  • Fidelity Investments
  •  Plante Moran
  • Al Petri & Sons
  • American Cycle and Fitness
  • Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation
  • Corrigan Moving Systems
  • Detroit Disposal and Recycling
  • Downtown Detroit Bike Shop
  • The Guidance Center
  • Hart Medical
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Ilitch Charities
  • KIND
  • Metropolis
  • Motorless City Bicycle Co.
  • New Holland Brewing
  • Tony V's Tavern
  • Upshift
  • Velofix
  • Whole Foods Market