With sunny skies and warmer temperatures in sight, riders have about two months to ensure that they are ready for the 2022 Wayne State University Baroudeur presented by AAA – The Auto Club Group.
The Baroudeur is a fun, noncompetitive cycling event, but the distances — 20, 37, 62 and 100 miles — require increasing levels of physical fitness. To help participants prepare, make new friends and explore Detroit on two wheels, training rides are held on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m., weather depending.
Additional details about these free, no-drop training rides can be found here. Please be sure to also follow the Tuesday group rides Facebook page for updates, including weather cancellations.
These training rides — which can draw in excess of 80 cyclists — are led by Rob MacGregor, who is an avid cyclist and assistant Baroudeur ride director in addition to his role as senior director of philanthropy at the Law School.
“There are typically a minimum of three distinct groups based on speed and distance, so we have something for everyone, from the competitive cyclist to the weekend cruiser,” said MacGregor. “Over the years, these rides have become an event of their own and resulted in many ongoing friendships.”
Additional rides — and fun — will be available with monthly group rides beginning and ending at this year’s Baroudeur beer sponsor, Batch Brewing Company, which is located at 1400 Porter Street in Corktown. The first group ride from Batch will be held Wednesday, May 25, at 6 p.m. Please park in the Batch lot or use street parking and meet at Dean Savage Memorial Park across the street.
There are just a few days left to register and take advantage of early bird pricing for the Baroudeur. Registration is $65 through Monday, May 23, and then increases to $75.
- Post-ride lunch, beer and music.
- Refreshments along the route.
- Limited edition Baroudeur T-shirt.
- Support and gear vehicles.
- EMS and police presence.
- Free parking.
If you are not interested in riding but would still like to participate, please consider volunteering. Volunteers are critical to the success of this event. Those who sign up to help will receive a T-shirt and free access to the post-ride lunch, beer and music.