WSU’s Baroudeur cycling event helps economically disadvantaged students

Aug 3, 2015 at 12:02 pm

On Aug. 22, Wayne State’s inaugural Baroudeur cycling event will take place throughout Detroit with all net proceeds going toward student scholarships to help “economically disadvantaged students pursue higher education,” according to the Baroudeur site. The registration fee is $46.

Baroudeur means fighter or warrior in French," the site says. "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."

Featuring four routes, the Baroudeur can accommodate the casual to professional rider from a 20 mile course to Belle Isle to a 100 mile course to Grosse Isle. Each route is an Open Road course, so riders are will be riding in traffic and expected to obey traffic laws. It is not a race.

Weekly training sessions for the Baroudeur begin at 6 p.m. every Wednesday free of charge and come with complementary KIND nutrition bars.

Rider amenities include post-ride lunch, beer and music, a Baroudeur T-shirt, and free parking. You must be at least 18 to register. For more info, see the site

Dennis Burcke is an intern for Metro Times.