Midtown Detroit, Inc. sponsors cycling event

Jun 26

11:45 AM

By Elise Fields

Tagged: All Neighborhoods

Midtown Detroit, Inc. sponsors cycling event

The 2017 Barouduer, Wayne State University’s third annual urban cycling event, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. Registration is now open.

Midtown Detroit is a “Gold” sponsor of the event and has been supporter of the event since its inception.

Proceeds directly benefit Wayne State University scholarships and the university’s Helping Individuals Go Higher (HIGH) program, which supports students whose unstable housing situations threaten their dreams of earning a degree.

“The Baroudeur continues to grow, and we’re excited to build on the success of previous years,” said Matt Lockwood, ride director. “More than a third of last year’s riders participated in a post-event survey, and 97 percent of them rated the overall Baroudeur experience as excellent or very good. We couldn’t do this event without the support of partners like Midtown Detroit, Inc.”  

This year, participants can choose between three courses – 20, 62 or 100 miles – based on their individual experience and fitness levels. All Baroudeur courses are on the open road, and cyclists will be riding with vehicular traffic and must obey traffic laws.

All of the rides go through downtown Detroit, on Belle Isle, and then depending on which distance is ridden, along Lakeshore Drive into the Grosse Pointes, through the Woodward Corridor, and all the way to Grosse Ile and back.  

Riders are encouraged to register early:

  • June 19 – July 18: $60
  • July 19 – August 15: $70

Event registration will end at midnight on Tuesday, Aug. 15.

The Baroudeur is a fun, noncompetitive event, but the distances require increasing levels of physical fitness. To help participants prepare, training rides will be held once again this year on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m.  Additional details about these free, no-drop training rides — and other ways to prepare for the Baroudeur — can be found online.

Participants and volunteers are invited to enjoy a post-ride party on campus with lunch, beer and music.

To learn more, or register, visit baroudeur.wayne.edu.