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dateline: 20 September 2017

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Cyclist Makes it Around the World in 78 Days

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • cyclist: a person who rides a bike
  • smash: to break with a lot of strength
  • route: the planned way to go
  • goal: a hope and plan for the future; a personal challenge

Cyclist Makes it Around the World in 78 Days

A long-distance cyclist a world record this summer by cycling around the world in just under 79 days. Mark Beaumont previously set the world record in 2008 by around the world in 194 days. Many cyclists have since broken that record, but Beaumont beat the most record by 44 days. The 34-year-old British cyclist left Paris on July 2 and arrived back at his starting 78 days later. His personal goal was to finish the route in 80 days. The goal was inspired by Jules Verne’s novel, Around the World in 80 Days. Beaumont cycled for an average of 16 hours per day and only got about five hours rest each night.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where did the cyclist begin and end?
  2. Why does the report mention a novel?
  3. Approximately how much sleep did Beaumont get each day?

Discussion Questions: Describe the last personal goal that you set for yourself? Did you achieve your goal? How did you stay motivated/lose motivation?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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