French Man Sets Cycling Record at Age 105 高齡105歲法國男士打破腳踏車紀錄

Vocabulary 單字

cycle 
 [ˈsaɪkl]  (verb)
– to ride a bicycle
動詞; 騎自行車

 ex.  He cycled 20 hours a week when he was preparing for the race.
他為比賽做準備的時候,每週騎腳踏車20個小時。

crowd
 [kraʊd]  (noun)
– a large number of people in the same place
名詞;人群

 ex.  I got lost in the crowd at the musical festival.
音樂祭時我在人群裡迷路了。

gather
 [ˈgæðər]  (verb)
– if people gather, or if someone gathers them, they come together in one place to see or do something
動詞;聚集

 ex.  A large crowd gathered to hear the speech.
一群人聚集在一起要聽那場演講。

record
 [ˈrɛkərd]  (noun)
– the best achievement so far in a particular activity, especially sport
名詞;紀錄

 ex.  He is confident that he will break another world record.
他很有信心他將會再度打破另一項世界紀錄。

cheer
 [tʃiːr]  (verb)
– to give a loud shout of approval or encouragement
動詞; 歡呼

 ex.  The fans cheered when their team scored.
當他們的隊伍得分時,粉絲為他們歡呼。

steadily
 [ˈstedəli]  (adverb)
– calmly and in a controlled way
副詞; 穩定地、平穩地

 ex.  We've been making progress steadily.
我們一直在穩定地進步中。

track
 [træk]  (noun)
– a type of path or road, often in the shape of a ring, that has been specially designed and built for sports events, especially racing
名詞;跑道、小徑

 ex.  This track is a popular place to bike.
這個小徑很受到腳踏車騎士的歡迎。

remain
 [rɪˈmeɪn]  (verb)
– to continue to exist when other parts or other things no longer exist
動詞;留下、保持

 ex.  He remained at the bar until it closed.
他一直待到酒吧打烊。

 


Article 文章內容

French Man Sets Cycling Record at Age 105

高齡105歲法國男士打破腳踏車紀錄

Robert Marchand was born in 1911 in France. He enjoys riding a bicycle, and started cycling seriously when he was in his 60s.

羅伯特·馬尚於1911年出生在法國。他很喜愛騎腳踏車,60多歲時他開始認真地進行這項活動。

He is now 105 years old.

他現在已經105歲了。

In January this year, a crowd gathered about 30 kilometers outside of Paris. They were there to see how far he could travel in one hour.

今年一月,人群聚集在巴黎週邊,群眾綿延了30公里。他們都為了要親眼看到馬尚在一小時之內能夠騎多遠的距離。

The record for one hour is held by Britain’s Bradley Wiggins, who covered 54.5 kilometers in 2015.

一小時54.4公里的2015年紀錄保持人是來自英國的布萊德利·威金斯。

In 2012, Marchand set a record for riders over 100 years old when he traveled almost 27 kilometers in an hour. So the question many people asked was: “Could he break his own record?”

2012年時,馬尚創了紀錄,當時年過100的他一小時幾乎騎了27公里。因此許多人很好奇:「他能否突破自己的紀錄呢?」

Marchand set off on his record attempt as sports lovers cheered and photographers watched. He moved slowly, but steadily, around the track.

馬尚在運動愛好者的歡呼聲中、攝影師的注目之下開始了他的挑戰之旅。他沿著跑道緩慢但穩地的騎行。

When the hour ended, he completed 92 laps around the track.That is just over 22.5 kilometers.

一小時後,他騎完了92圈,也就是大約超過22.5公里。

Marchand said he could have done better. He did not see his trainers telling him he only had 10 minutes remaining, otherwise he would have gone faster, he says.

馬尚覺得自己應該能夠表現得更好。他表示,當教練告訴他只剩下10分鐘時他並沒發現,不然他當時會加快速度。

But the news was still good, as he did set a new record for riders 105-years-old or older.

但好消息是,他仍然為105歲以上的騎士創下了新紀錄。

 


Questions 問題

   1. When did Robert Marchand start cycling seriously? 羅伯特·馬尚從何時開始認真地騎腳踏車呢?

   2. When did Marchand set his first record? 馬尚於何時創下第一個紀錄呢?

   3. How many laps did Marchand complete when he set his second record? 馬尚創下第二個紀錄時總共騎了幾圈呢?

Discussion 討論

1. Can you ride a bicycle? 你會騎腳踏車嗎?

Follow-up question 1: If yes, did you learn all by yourself or did someone help you? 接續問題1: 你會騎腳踏車是因為有人教你還是你自己學會的呢?

Follow-up question 2: If no, would you like to learn? 接續問題2: 你不會騎腳踏車的話,你想學嗎?

2. Is cycling popular in your country? 在你的國家有很多人騎腳踏車嗎?

Follow-up question 1: Do people where you live often use bicycles to go places? 接續問題1:在你的國家,大家會把腳踏車當作代步工具嗎?

Follow-up question 2: Are people from your country interested in cycling as a sport? 接續問題2:在你的國家,人們會把騎腳踏車當作運動的一種嗎?

3. Would you like to be just like Robert Marchand when you get older? 你希望自己變老時能和羅伯特·馬尚一樣嗎?

Follow-up question 1: Do you personally know anyone as old as Marchand? If so, what are they like? 接續問題1: 你認識的人之中,有人和馬尚年齡相仿的嗎?如果有的話,能否形容一下他們的樣子呢?

Follow-up question 2: Are the older people in your family physically active? Do they do sports? 接續問題2: 在你家族中,年長者的活動力旺盛嗎?他們會從事什麼運動呢?

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Summary大綱

Please describe the main topic of the article with 1 or 2 sentences.

請用1-2句話簡述文章主旨。

 

Discussion 討論

  1. Do you think that people who do sports are usually healthier? Why or why not? 你覺得有運動的人一般來說是否比較健康呢?為什麼?
  2. Are there any sports which are bad for your health? If so, which ones? 有沒有哪些運動對健康有害呢?如果有的話,請舉例。
  3. What is your favorite sport and why? 你最喜歡哪一項運動呢?為什麼?
  4. Generally speaking, would you say that you are good at sports? 基本上,你認為自己運動神經發達嗎?
  5. Would you agree that cycling is a cheap way to take care of your health? Why or why not? 你同意騎自行車是既省錢又能照顧健康的運動嗎?為什麼呢?

           

This lesson is based on a news article originally published by [VOA news](http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/french-cyclist-sets-record-at-age-105/3664645.html)

 

 

Translated By April Wu