CIBER Backs Employee in a Coast-to-Coast Velomobile Ride Benefiting Kids With Cancer

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A CIBER employee from the Netherlands is riding a velomobile, a recumbent bicycle covered by a protective, aerodynamic shell, 3125 miles to benefit charities in the U.S. and Netherlands that serve pediatric cancer patients.

Spruit in his CIBER velomobile

Machiel Spruit will trek from Portland, Ore. to Washington D.C. over a month's time.

CIBER's Spruit puts practical innovation -- and his legs -- to work to benefit children with cancer in the U.S. and Netherlands.

Some might consider the velomobile – a recumbent bicycle covered by a protective, aerodynamic shell – to be a practical innovation. It’s only fitting then that CIBER, Inc., an IT consulting company known for practical innovation, is sponsoring its Netherlands-based employee Machiel Spruit in raising funds for pediatric cancer patients by riding a velomobile across the continental United States.

Spruit’s undertaking is part of Roll Over America, an organized ride that will test the endurance of more than 50 cyclists pedaling velomobiles for some 3,125 miles between Portland, Oregon and Washington, D.C. The ride starts Thursday, July 28 and, if all goes as planned, will reach its final destination on August 24.

CIBER, a leading developer of mobile computing solutions and applications for corporations, has developed an app that tracks progress of the Roll Over America riders. Called CIBERquest, the app allows ride followers to track hour-by-hour progress of the riders and can be downloaded for free to Android or iPhone handsets. There also is event coverage on the CIBER website, plus Spruit is updating followers via Twitter and a blog about his experiences.

Along with testing his own mettle with the 3,000-mile ride, Spruit chose to participate in Roll Over America as a means of soliciting charitable donations for two charities that help kids with cancer. Donations from U.S. supporters will go to Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, northern Virginia’s only pediatric tertiary care center and a CIBER customer for more than 10 years. That facility was selected, in part, because of its record with pediatric cancer victims and also because it is located less than 12 miles from the end of Spruit’s bi-coastal route, giving him an opportunity to see the beneficiary of his extraordinary endeavor. CIBER North America will match donations made because of Spruit’s ride up to a total of $5,000. In Europe, donations will go to KiKa, a charity that raises funds for seven hospitals specializing in and pediatric research and treatment.

“There are a lot of very good charities in the world, but for me it is extremely sad to see young children suffering from cancer,” Spruit said.

When not pedaling down the road, Spruit is an expert in SAP Supplier Relationship Management software, one of the many technologies CIBER implements to help businesses, non-profits and government agencies worldwide solve business problems and grow.

About CIBER, Inc.

CIBER, Inc. is a global information technology consulting, services and outsourcing company applying practical innovation through services and solutions that deliver tangible results for both commercial and government clients. Services include application development and management, ERP implementation, change management, project management, systems integration, infrastructure management and end-user computing, as well as strategic business and technology consulting. Founded in 1974 and headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado, CIBER has more than 8,500 employees and operates in 19 countries, serving clients in North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. Annual revenue in 2010 was $1.1 billion. CIBER trades on the New York Stock exchange, and is included in the Russell 2000 Index and the S&P Small Cap 600 Index. For more information, visit CIBER.com.

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