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Frenchman completes electric tour of France on skateboard

Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 01:12

Fabrice Gropaiz completes his tour of France on an electric skateboard, ending his challenge on the streets of Paris and beginning his preparation for his next around-the-world journey. Roselle Chen reports.

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Fabrice Gropaiz breezes into the courtyard outside of the Louvre Museum as he completes his tour of France on an electric skateboard. This was nearly 20 years after he set a record for rollerblading around the world in 1999, skating 27,000 km (16,777 miles) in 28 months. His new and improved electric skateboard has a big battery underneath it, he glides on it for six to eight hours a day, and travels with a solar panel to charge it. SOUNDBITE: Fabrice Gropaiz, world record setter for completing first world tour on roller skates in 1999, saying (French): "I'm still managing 100 kilometers a day. When I get the additional batteries, I'll aim for 100 to 150 kilometers a day. That said, it's already hard on the legs and it takes a whole day. But it's a beautiful ride." His skateboard tour around France was a warm up for his next journey, where he plans on traveling 25,000 km (15,534 miles) around the world in 2018. The record breaker wants the world to see, through his travels, that it can revolutionize its methods of transport.

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Frenchman completes electric tour of France on skateboard

Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 01:12