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.
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.
- 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 noon 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: 7 a.m.
62-mile ride: 8:30 a.m.
37-mile ride: 8:30 a.m.
20-mile ride: 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 level 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. To change your distance, simply log into your Active.com profile and choose your preferred distance. You can also email Katie McMillan.
- How much training should I do? The Baroudeur is a fun, noncompetitive 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-, 37-, 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. Ride support will end at 2 p.m.
Please keep this in mind when selecting your Baroudeur ride distance:
100-mile route – By August 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 August 12, you should be comfortably riding 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. You may change your distance at any time by simply logging into your Active.com profile and selecting your preferred distance. You can also email Katie McMillan.How far do we have to ride at once?There will be approximately one rest stop every 20 miles along the routes. There will be food, drink and restrooms available at each stop.
- 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.Yes. All cyclists are required to wear a helmet.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. The minimum age requirement for participation in the Baroudeur is 18.
- Where will my donation go? All donations support the Wayne State University general scholarship fund and the Helping Individuals Go Higher (HIGH) program, which provides assistance to students whose unstable housing situations threaten their dreams of earning a degree.
- How can I make a donation? You can make a donation online using Warrior Funder, Wayne State University's official crowdfunding platform. You can also choose to make a donation during registration. All donations are tax-deductible.
- Are there incentives for donating or fundraising? Yes! In addition to the gratitude of the entire Wayne State community, there are incentives for individuals who reach fundraising goals. We're pleased to offer the following incentives for individuals who raise:
- $75: A customized Baroudeur sport water bottle
- $150: A registration for next year's Baroudeur
- $250: A guided cycling tour of Detroit
- $500: WSU cycling jersey
- $1,000: Lunch with President Wilson
- Can I make a donation to the Baroudeur if I'm not riding?
Absolutely. You can make a donation online. The Baroudeur is proud to partner with Warrior Funder, Wayne State University's official crowdfunding platform, in support of students.
- Is my donation and/or registration fee tax-deductible? If so, when will I receive a tax receipt?
Donations are tax-deductible; you will receive an emailed receipt within 24 hours of making a donation online. If you mail a check or donate in person, you will receive a tax receipt in 7 to 10 business days. Your registration fee is not tax-deductible.
Help Students in Need
Your donation benefits scholarships and the university’s Helping Individuals Go Higher (HIGH) program.