In Amsterdam, 50 members of the local Tibetan community along with 15 Dutch cyclists, dressed in action T-shirts and with Tibetan national flags on their bicycles circled the old city center including Dam square, Leidseplein and China Town. At 11am the rally stopped to mark the start of a one-year walk from Amsterdam to Lhasa by Britt Das. The cyclists presented her with Tibetan ceremonial scarves and joined Britt for the first kilometers of her 10,000km-long journey which will take her through Europe, Central Asia and South Asia. She expects to reach Lhasa at the time of the start of the Olympic Games in Beijing.
In The Hague and Rotterdam smaller groups cycled through the city center and commercial areas. Participants in The Hague talked to legislators of the national parliament and also passed through the Embassy area. The rallies mark the start of one year of actions centered on sports in The Netherlands, notably cycling, football and marathons.