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Ajit Baid
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Ajit Baid has been active throughout his life, but when he set his foot on a road bike in 2008, he knew right away that he was going to love it and pursue it for many years to come. He started riding in PA with his Swedish friend - Hawk, who taught him some of the basic tricks of being a successful and safe road biker. Since then, Ajit has continued to progress from a slow C rider to a B/BB rider.

Ajit moved to the Washington DC area for work in 2010. Soon after his move, he started looking for group rides and found Potomac Pedalers through the Rockville Bike Facebook page. Since then, Ajit has been frequently riding with the club. He has made several friends through group rides and in fact decided to give back to the community by volunteering to lead rides. He volunteered for the first time with the club in Back Roads Century ride (100-CC) as a co-lead in 2012.

While riding in his neighborhood, Ajit saw many bikers and was intrigued by the fact that there was no ride which started from the Rockville/Gaithersburg area over the weekend. In late winter, when most people were bringing their bikes out of hibernation, he submitted a weekly Saturday ride starting from Thomas Wootton High School (TWHS) at 8 AM. He recalls that three people showed up for the first ride when the temperatures were in the low 30's. The second week, there were eight. "As we hit warmer days in April, the attendance swelled to 20 plus," he recalls. The average attendance at the TWHS Saturday 8 AM ride is about 25. Due to the proximity of the ride start location to I-270, people from MD, VA, and Washington DC frequently come to the TWHS Saturday ride.

Ajit loves to try new routes and is inspired by the dozens of emails he receives over the course of the week - some inquiries, a few RSVP's, many thanks and appreciation. Since the group has become large, the ride has been divided into two ride classes. Ajit leads the B ride which averages around 16mph and the typical route is about 40-45 miles. His co-lead, Bill leads the CC ride which averages around 13 mph and a typical route length is 35-40 miles.

Ajit typically rides twice per week. He intends to continue leading this ride every Saturday morning and welcomes everybody who wants to come and have some fun filled exercise. Like most of us bikers, he says, "his best time of the day is when he is on a bike."

Ajit lives in Rockville, with his wife and two children. He runs his own company where he advocates for patients.

more Ride Schedule

C * 22 * VA* 10:00 AM * Cycling the W&OD Trail and Historic Waterford * Ida Lee Park, Leesburg

TRI/B/BB/A * 28 * MD * 4:30 PM * Triathlete Trainer * Riley’s Lock (RIL)

Featured Members
Matthew BirnbaumMatt was the Chair of the Club in 2015 and 2016.
Linda B. KolkoLinda is the C Ride Coordinator for MD & DC.