"Boy on a Bike”, School Journal, level 3, May 2015
09 June 2015
Mac Madsen (a 9 year old boy) wanted to raise money so that St John could buy more ambulances. Cycling the length of the New Zealand on a fat bike proved the “ultimate experience”.
Mac used the safest bike he could find – a fat bike (see page 10).
A fat bike would be sturdy enough to last the trip. Its thick tyres would also mean Mac could travel off-road – across sand, through mud, and over gravel.
You can find a PDF version of this article and the teacher support materials on Literacy Online: "Boy on a bike".
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