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.

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, there will be course marshals, directional signage, police patrols and sweepers on each route. Ride support ends at 2 p.m. 

Please note that routes are subject to change. 

20-mile ride

Departs at 10 a.m. with blue route markings

20 mile route

View the route on Strava

Download the 20-mile turn-by-turns. (PDF)

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 and back to campus.

  • As with any group ride, all riders are asked to stay as far to the right as possible, with no more than two riders abreast.

 

37-mile ride 

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

37 mile route

View the route on Strava

Download the 37-mile turn-by-turns here. (PDF)

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

  • Please note that 37-mile 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 30-mile mark, where 37-mile riders will turn off onto Manchester Parkway and the 62-mile riders will continue on Pontchatrain Boulevard. Please be sure to follow your route markings. 
  • After leaving Belle Isle, cyclists will be able to continue straight on East Grand Boulevard all the way to Mack Avenue. Recently completed construction has opened this more direct path, which is reflected in the route markings. Cyclists who follow the turn-by-turns will still find themselves on the same route, just with a few additional turns. 

 

62-mile ride

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

62 mile route

View the route on Strava 

Download the 62-mile turn-by-turns here. (PDF)

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 to Joy Road, to Rouge Park and back to campus. 

  • Please note that 37-mile 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 30-mile mark, where 37-mile riders will turn off onto Manchester Parkway and the 62-mile riders will continue on Pontchatrain Boulevard. 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 Calvert Street by turning left onto 2nd Avenue, left on Grand Boulevard and then right on Cass Avenue. 
  • After leaving Belle Isle, cyclists will be able to continue straight on East Grand Boulevard all the way to Mack Avenue. Recently completed construction has opened this more direct path, which is reflected in the route markings. Cyclists who follow the turn-by-turns will still find themselves on the same route, just with a few additional turns. 

 

100-mile ride - new route including Hines Drive

Departs at 7 a.m. with red route markings

100 mile route

View the route on Strava

Download the 100-mile turn-by-turns here. (PDF)

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. 
  • After leaving Belle Isle, cyclists will be able to continue straight on East Grand Boulevard all the way to Mack Avenue. Recently completed construction has opened this more direct path, which is reflected in the route markings. Cyclists who follow the turn-by-turns will still find themselves on the same route, just with a few additional turns. 

 

*All routes are subject to change.

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