The ride

The Baroudeur offers four routes to accommodate riders of all experience levels. Ranging from 20 miles all the way up to the urban century ride of 100 miles, the Baroudeur will take you past some of Detroit and Southeast Michigan's most iconic sights and landmarks. We are closely monitoring local construction and road conditions, specifically the Cass Avenue Bridge closure and the I-94 Bridge project. Our routes have been adjusted as necessary. Please note that routes are subject to change. Turn-by-turn directions will be available the week of 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. Each rider is responsible for their own safety. Some riders may experience a police escort at various times; the escort does not assure intersections are closed — always look both ways. All cyclists are required to wear a helmet. To help ensure your safety on ride day, directional signage, police patrols and sweepers will be located on each route. Ride support ends at 2 p.m. 

Special safety notes impacting all routes

  • The routes will be narrow as riders depart and return from campus.
  • Early in the ride, where there may be some bunching – be cautious, E. Lafayette Street narrows to one lane at mile 4.7, just after McDougall and before Mt. Elliott. Avoid the concrete median on the left side.
  • The police escort vehicles will not be crossing the MacArthur Bridge to enter Belle Isle. They will pull off before the bridge, and pick the groups back up as you leave the bridge. All groups will ride the entire exterior loop of Belle Isle.

 

2022 Baroudeur Routes

20-mile ride

Departs at 10 a.m. with blue route markings

Map of 20-mile route

View the route on Strava: https://www.strava.com/routes/2973584065033998688

View the turn-by-turn directions.

The 20-mile ride will be a no-drop group ride, led by Tom Page and supported by the Detroit Police Department. The route will go through Midtown, downtown, around Belle Isle, through the Indian Village area neighborhoods and back to campus.

 

37-mile ride 

Departs at 8:30 a.m. with purple route markings

37-mile route map

View the route on Strava: https://www.strava.com/routes/2973587452532285792

View the turn-by-turn directions. 

The 37-mile ride will go through Midtown, downtown, around Belle Isle, through the Grosse Pointe communities and back to campus.

  • Please note that 37- and 62-mile riders will leave campus together. When possible, 62-mile riders should be near the front of the starting line, followed by the 37-mile riders near the back. The courses will be the same until around the 21-mile mark, where 62-mile riders will return on Lake Shore Road 2.7 miles sooner than the 37-mile riders. Please be sure to follow your route markings. 

 

62-mile ride

Departs at 8:30 a.m. with green route markings

62-mile route map

View the Strava map: https://www.strava.com/routes/2972982039072030236

View the turn-by-turn directions.

The 62-mile ride will go through Midtown, downtown and around Belle Isle, then on to Lake Shore Drive, through the Grosse Pointe communities, up the Woodward Corridor, west out of Tireman Avenue, to Rouge Park and back to campus. 

  • Please note that 37- and 62-mile riders will leave campus together. When possible, 62-mile riders should be near the front of the starting line, followed by the 37-mile riders near the back. The courses will be the same until around the 21-mile mark, where 62-mile riders will turn on Lake Shore Road 2.7 miles sooner than the 37-mile riders. Please be sure to follow your route markings. 
  • If you reach the rest stop on Seven Mile and realize you may have bitten off more than you can chew, you can head back to campus once you hit Hamilton by turning left on Hamilton, instead of the route markings that would have taken you right. Take Hamilton, turn left on Chicago, right on 3rd Street, and pick up the return markings on Grand Boulevard. 
  • You will be riding on the same section of Hamilton twice. The first time, you'll be riding north to 7 Mile, and you will proceed straight. You will cross this section a second time coming off of Manchester before Oakman; on the second pass, you will turn left on Oakman.

100-mile ride

Departs at 7 a.m. with red route markings

100-mile route map

View the Strava map: https://www.strava.com/routes/2972923958745839132

View the turn-by-turn directions.

The 100-mile ride will expand the 62-mile ride further into the Grosse Pointe communities and go all the way out to Hines Drive toward Plymouth and back to campus. 

  • If you have not reached the rest stop at River Rouge Park by 12:30 p.m., we encourage you to turn around and follow the route back to campus. From this point, it's 10 miles back to campus, so cyclists would complete a 66-mile ride while still having time to enjoy the post-ride festivities on campus. 
  • You will be riding on the same section of Hamilton twice. The first time, you'll be riding north to 7 Mile, and you will proceed straight. You will cross this section a second time coming off of Manchester before Oakman; on the second pass, you will turn left on Oakman.
  • The police escort will not enter Hines Drive. They will leave you at Ann Arbor Trail, and pick you up there on your return. The majority of Hines Drive is closed to traffic July 23, but be careful of other public users – runners, walkers, roller bladers and bikers. Additionally, the turnaround on Hines Dive will be different than 2019. You will not go as far out Hines, and will U-turn after crossing the I-275 overpass and before hitting Haggerty Road. It will be marked, and a Wayne County Sheriff's vehicle should be there. 

 

2022 Baroudeur Rest Stops

Rest Stop 1

Gabriel Richard Park (East Jefferson and MacArthur Bridge), enter 200 yards down Jefferson

7130 East Jefferson, Detroit

Approximately 11.5 miles into route

Not open for 100-mile riders

 

Rest Stop 2

Alter and Kercheval

14922 Kercheval Avenue, Detroit

Approximately 18 miles into route and again on return at 29.5 miles for the 37 milers, 24 miles for the 62 milers and 34.5 for the 100 milers

Not accessible by 20-mile riders

 

Rest Stop 3

12th Precinct, Detroit Police Department (Palmer Park, 7 Mile and Woodward)

1441 W. 7 Mile Road, Detroit

Approximately 38.8 miles into route for the 62 milers, and 49 miles for the 100 milers

 

Rest Stop 4

River Rouge Park (Spinoza and Joy)

21860 Joy Road, Detroit

Approximately 51.6 miles into route for the 62 milers, and 62.1 for the 100 milers

 

Rest Stop 5

Nankin Mills Recreation Area – Shelter 2 (Hines Drive)

33259 Edward N. Hines Drive, Westland

Approximately 72 miles into route and again at 81.6 on the return