The Baroudeur 2020

5221 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202


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Event Description

Join us on Saturday, July 25, 2020 for The Baroudeur, Wayne State University’s cycling event to raise money for student scholarships. The Baroudeur 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.

Your participation will help raise money for student scholarships and the university's Helping Individuals Go Higher (HIGH) Program program, which supports students whose unstable housing situations threaten their dreams of earning a degree. Any amount can make a difference, and we encourage you to consider making a donation through the university's official crowdfunding platform, Warrior Funder, in support of this worthy cause. 

What is The 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.

There also is a tie with Detroit, where much of the ride will occur. The city was founded by a baroudeur, French explorer and adventurer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, on July 24, 1701.


Rider amenities:

  • Post-ride lunch, beer and music

  • Refreshments along the route

  • Limited edition Baroudeur T-shirt

  • Support and Gear (SAG) vehicles

  • A donation on your behalf to the Leauge of Michigan Bicyclists' $1 Per Rider program in support of cycling safety across the state

    Free parking



Event details and schedule

 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 ride support on the courses will end at 2 p.m. For course maps, visit:


Packet pickup:

Packet pickup (participant wristband, t-shirt, etc.) is Friday, July 24 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Matthaei Center parking lot. The gate to the parking lot will be open for pickups.  

Bike drop off and packet pickup

Packet pickup the day of the ride opens at 6 a.m. Bike drop off and packet pickup are located across the street from Parking Structure 2, along Anthony Wayne Drive and Williams Mall. Please give yourself plenty of time to drop off your bike, pickup your packet and get to the starting line. Complimentary, secure bike valet will be provided following the ride.

Start/Finish Line:

The start/finish line is east of the registration area. Riders will begin along Gullen Mall, near the newly renovated Student Center Building and the Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center.

Event Location & Accomodations

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