ELEUTHERA, Bahamas -- Jeffrey Burnside didn't even break a sweat. He had just ridden 100 miles, biking up hills and down valleys, around bends, rolling past others participating in Ride for Hope, passing them with a smile and a wave as casual as if he were out for a Sunday drive.
"It was a lot of fun, a piece of cake," said the consummate cyclist whose long history with biking takes him all the way from the 1970 Commonwealth Games in England to the 1972 Olympics in Munich where he made it to the quarter finals in the 1,000-meter sprint to this day in Eleuthera where he, like nearly 600 others, were pedaling for a cause -- to raise funds for the fight against cancer.
Burnside, a messenger at BOB where he is also a one-time Employee of the Year for his consistent upbeat attitude, was among a team of 20, including ground crew and riders. Among the cyclists was Managing Director Paul McWeeney.
"BOB is proud to be a Yellow Jersey sponsor of Ride for Hope for the second year," said McWeeney, who, along with his wife, Meka, also an avid cyclist, had completed 50 miles. "There is probably no one among us whose life has not been touched by cancer, either someone in our family, a friend, a colleague or co-worker. It is important to lend whatever support we can to this effort which helps fund The Cancer Society and the Cancer Caring Centre." Yellow Jersey sponsorship is the highest level, $10,000. In addition, the bank raised more than $3,000 through an intranet appeal. Its total donation to Ride for Hope was $13,123.
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