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Last updated at 15:29 GMT, Thursday, 27 December 2012

Kids on Bikes

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They might not have a wardrobe of Lycra but these racers want to win just as much as their professional counterparts.

A legacy of Britain's summer sporting success is that clubs like these are growing in popularity.

Children as young as two are learning to ride and compete.

It's a far cry from the pressure of the velodrome but even at this age learning to lose is a harsh lesson.

a wardrobe

all the clothes that someone owns

counterparts

people who have the same role or job but in a different organisation or context

a legacy

a situation that has developed as a result of something in the past

a far cry from

very different from

a harsh lesson

something that must be learnt but which seems cruel or unkind

Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

wardrobe / counterparts / legacy / a far cry from / a harsh lesson

1:
No sooner had losing US candidate Mitt Romney uttered the words "I have just called President Obama" than Mexico's president-elect Enrique Pena Nieto took to Twitter congratulate his soon-to-be __________________.

2:
Former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou had pleaded with Angela Merkel for easier terms for the first bailout loan.

She had replied: "We want to make sure nobody else will want this." The bailout terms were intended as __________________ to others.

3:
The increasing Westernisation of India has made it much easier and more comfortable for people to move here. It is __________________ the India this group of thirty-somethings visited on family holidays in the 1980s.

4:
Even the clothes he wears the day we meet are not new, and were part of his __________________ before the show.

5:
The __________________ of Gen Franco weighs heavily on Spanish politics.

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Answers

How did you do?

1:

counterpart

2:

a harsh lesson

3:

a far cry from

4:

wardrobe

5:

legacy