Cyclists of all levels: get ready to roll! Wayne State University’s annual cycling event, The Baroudeur, is on August 17 and invites riders of all abilities to ride throughout Detroit and the surrounding areas while raising money for student scholarships.
The non-competitive event features 20-, 37-, 62- and 100-mile courses that will have you traversing places such as downtown Detroit, Midtown, Belle Isle, the Woodward Corridor, Grosse Pointe, Lakeshore Drive, Rouge Park and all the way to Hines Parkway near Plymouth. No matter what distance you choose, you’ll receive a limited-edition Baroudeur T-shirt and a post-ride lunch that includes beer and music. There will also be refreshments and support vehicles along the route and parking for the event is free.
The Baroudeur is an open-road course, meaning you’ll be riding with vehicular traffic. You’ll be required to wear a helmet and obey all traffic laws. The event recommends riders choose the course based on their abilities since support for the ride will be cut off at 2 p.m. This gives 100-mile riders 7 hours to complete the course and 20-mile riders 4 hours to complete it. The minimum age requirement to ride is 18.
French for fighter or warrior, Baroudeur is the cycling term for adventurous riders who break away from the pack and try to win on their own, even if they’re considered the underdog. The name is fitting as, according to Wayne State University, the event helps students who fight like warriors to reach their academic goals.
Raising Funds For WSU Students
All net proceeds from the event directly benefit the general scholarship fund, which helps ease the costs of tuition, books, supplies and housing for students in need. A portion of the proceeds also goes specifically to the university’s Helping Individuals Go Higher (HIGH) program, which helps homeless, precariously housed and financially stressed students to achieve their dreams of earning their degree. Often times, their circumstances force them to choose between paying for school or paying for other necessities. The HIGH program provides financial help, housing support and other assistance like clothing, transportation and childcare so they don’t have to choose.
If you do not want to participate in the ride, you can also volunteer at the event or donate to these programs online. The university is also offering incentives for those who raise specific amounts:
- $75 for customized Baroudeur sport water bottle
- $150 for free registration for next year’s Baroudeur
- $250 for guided cycling tour of Detroit
- $500 for WSU cycling jersey
- $1,000 for lunch with WSU President Dr. M. Roy Wilson
Donations are tax-deductible and the incentive prizes are cumulative. That means, if you raise $1,000, you’ll earn all five incentives.
Registering For The Event
Registration for the event is $85 no matter what route you choose. You can sign up for the Baroudeur until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13, when registration ends. There are no refunds if you cancel, but you can feel good knowing your payment is going to a good cause.