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Swiss cyclists reach city

THREE Swiss friends arrived in Shanghai yesterday after cycling 2,900 kilometers from Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

The trip was part of a journey that was split up over four summers. In total they cycled more than 12,000 kilometers from Zurich to Shanghai, raising 85,000 Swiss francs (US$80,721) for SOS Children's Villages International.

Beat Fey, Matthias Dudler and Graziano Gervas arrived at the Switzerland Pavilion at the World Expo yesterday afternoon to share their love for cycling and concern for underprivileged children.

It marked an end to their four-year project? "Zurich-Shanghai by Bike."

The first, in the summer of 2006, was a 14-day trip from Zurich to Moscow, Russia.

In 2008, the team started an 18-day trek of 3,400 kilometers from Moscow to Novosibirsk.

In 2009, they cycled 3,100 kilometers from Novosibirsk to Ulan Bator of Mongolia and raised money for SOS Children's Village in Ulan Bator.

The last trip started in Ulan Bator on July 20. They pedaled 2,900 kilometers, passing the Great Wall and the Gobi Desert before venturing to Shanghai.


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