Cyclists arrive in Bejing after 12,000km trip

A group of 12 police officers who have cycled 12,000 kilometres from Amsterdam to Beijing in 100 days were met in the Olympic city by prince Willem-Alexander and the Dutch ambassador Rudolph Bekink, reports ANP news service on Wednesday.

The cycle trip was the initiative of former policeman Roel Wiersma (59) who had made two similar – but much shorter – journeys to the Olympics in Munich in 1972 and Athens four years ago.
The hardest part of the trip was the ride though the Gobi desert in Mongolia where they faced sand storms and extreme high temperatures, a spokesman for the cycle team told the media.
But the reaction of local people along the route was wonderful, especially in Russia where they were welcomed by hearty meals and music, he said.
The police used the cycle trip to collect money for a project in Cambodia run by the international humanitarian organisation Right to Play. The amount they raised will be announced in Beijing on Sunday says ANP.

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