WSU cycling event to raise scholarship funds

Wayne State University recently announced that it will host its inaugural 100-mile urban cycling event, The Baroudeur, to raise scholarship dollars for WSU students in financial need on Aug. 22.

The Baroudeur is a fun, noncompetitive ride through Detroit and its surrounding communities and includes additional distances for bike enthusiasts to choose from, including 20, 55 and 62 (metric century) miles. Registration is open to the public at

The Baroudeur was inspired by WSU President M. Roy Wilson’s passion for cycling and his commitment to providing all qualified students access to higher education.

“As an avid cyclist, I have gotten to know the city and state by participating in cycling events,” said Wilson. “My wife Jacqueline has indulged me and has even joined in a number of these events. Riding a bike through Detroit offers a fun, different perspective of the city that you just can’t get any other way. I look forward to sharing that experience with the community, while raising funds to ensure economically disadvantaged students have an opportunity to pursue a college degree.”

The Baroudeur’s race director, Matt Lockwood, encourages cyclists of all experience levels to participate in the ride, which is an open course that requires participants to ride with vehicle traffic and obey normal traffic laws. 

“We designed The Baroudeur course to highlight the unique beauty of Detroit and its surrounding communities,” said Lockwood. “We’re going to take riders to places like Belle Isle, Lakeshore Drive in the Grosse Pointes, Palmer Park, and Gross Ile before they cross the finish line where we will kick off a post-race party in the center of our Midtown campus.”

The name Baroudeur was chosen in recognition of the hardworking, independent spirit of Wayne State students and alumni. Baroudeur means “fighter” or “warrior” in French, and is a cycling term used for riders not afraid to break away from the peloton and do things on their own — even if they might be an underdog.

The $36 registration fee for The Baroudeur includes refreshments along the route, lunch after the ride, two tickets for Michigan craft beers, a limited edition T-shirt, ride support and free parking. All net proceeds will directly assist
economically disadvantaged students at WSU.  For additional information, visit