After a two-year hiatus, Wayne State University’s sixth annual Rider brought together cyclists and the campus community for a day of fun celebrating Detroit and supporting students.
Hailing from 15 states, plus Washington, DC, and Ontario, Canada, 847 cyclists – ages 18 to 82 – descended on campus for the July 23 race, presented by premier AAA sponsor – The Auto Club Group.
The group included newbies and returning participants side by side, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. In the post-race survey, 93% of cyclists rated the event as “excellent” or “very good”. The most common reasons for participating included the opportunity to see Detroit along an urban route, the ability to support Wayne State students, and the opportunity for a physical challenge.
“Year after year, the Baroudeur continues to exceed expectations,” said WSU President Roy Wilson, an avid cyclist who rode the 100-mile course. “The energy on campus was electric – we were thrilled to welcome runners back and bring people together again. I have received nothing but positive feedback about our friendly volunteers, our police, the beauty of the campus, the course, the post-race party and the general organization of the event.We are particularly grateful to our public safety officers who escort passengers and ensure everyone’s safety.“
Baroudeur 2022 was marked by several changes, including updated resting places and new sponsors, including Batch Brewing Company, which created a custom Baroudeur radler beer for the event, and Detroit Bikes, which donated four bikes as raffle prizes to raise funds for students. Scholarships. The event also moved package pickup to showcase the new WSU Fieldhouse.
“We have made many changes this year and faced additional challenges – primarily COVID and construction,” said Matt Lockwood, ride manager. “Fortunately, our survey results indicate that cyclists still think this is the best ride in Detroit.”
In addition to generating more than $8,000 for scholarships and the HIGH program through WarriorFunder, the Baroudeur also donated $1 per rider to the League of Michigan Bicyclists to support bicycle education and advocacy.
The event relied heavily on nearly 150 volunteers, who checked in riders, distributed food and refreshments at rest areas, ensured riders stayed on track, and cheered on participants, among other things. tasks.
“This event would not be possible without our volunteers. Their positive energy and willingness to help throughout the day made Baroudeur possible,” said Rachel Flum, Assistant Ride Manager.
Katie McMillan, WSU’s associate director of public relations and assistant ride manager, received this year’s Spirit of the Baroudeur award for her commitment to the event. McMillan has been coordinating registration, attendee support and event communications since 2017.