Event details

Please stay tuned for details about the 2022 ride.

The Baroudeur, hosted by Wayne State University, 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.


Please note that the 2021 Baroudeur has been canceled.

Through 11:59 p.m. on May 24: $65

May 25 through 11:59 p.m. on June 24: $75

June 25 through 11:59 p.m. on July 21: $85

Registration will close the Tuesday before the ride. 


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 the Friday before the ride, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Matthaei Center parking lot, located at 5101 John C. Lodge Freeway. The gate to the parking lot will be open for pickups.  


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, at Kirby, near the Dunkin' Donuts. 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 depart campus from the same location on Cass as in previous years, but the start/finish line has been moved slightly. The start/finish line will be located on Reuther Mall between the Art Building and the Purdy/Kresge Library, just past the Student Center Building

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