“My 12km Feels Like a Baby!” – Twitter Reacts to Fernando Alonso’s Absurd Cycling Run

Published 08/21/2021, 4:05 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Alpine’s Fernando Alonso arrives at the circuit ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Fernando Alonso has once again impressed his fans, this time, off the track. The double world champion flaunted his cycling agility on his social media platforms, resulting in an abundance of praise and respect from the fans.

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The 41-year-old covered an impressive 160 km on his cycle, physically prepared for the upcoming race weekend. He captioned his posts, “Pedaling and ready for whatever comes.”  

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The legend immediately inspired the fans, with people commenting on the level of fitness F1 drivers are required to have. Many even shared their own numbers, putting Alonso’s robustness into perspective.

In contrast, the internet isn’t complete without the haters. Some took their time with the old-age jokes, which weren’t new to the driver.

Nonetheless, the praise and respect outweighed the negativity; 160 km is no easy feat and the fans clearly appreciate Alonso’s hard work.

Fernando Alonso silencing the haters

Ever since his return this season, Alonso’s age has been a popular topic of discussion. The titleholder recently turned 40, but feels as young as ever. Initially, Alonso took time to find his ground again, but recently, he has stunned the world with his racecraft.

While his driving speaks for itself, Alonso has grown weary of questions regarding his age. “This year it’s exaggerated, the questions I’ve had to answer about age and the cliches I’ve had to listen to seem totally unconscionable because my whole sporting career has been the other way around.” (Translated via Google Translate)

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 18, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during practice REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The youngest race winner before Verstappen, and the youngest in a lot of situations over his career, Alonso now faces the burden of being one of the oldest. He stated, “in my life, I have answered questions about age.”

Standing with the common, ‘age is just a number,’ Alonso truly believes it. “It’s like in karting: there are 12-year-olds and 16-year-olds, but if they’re a second behind you… I don’t think age is so important either.”

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The Spaniard knows that if he were to claim his third title past the age of 40, it won’t be because of the number. “If the car you have and the team you’re in has a moment of dominance in the sport and superior performance, then the two drivers who drive that car win. So, as I say, age is totally secondary.”

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Progressing from a virtuoso performance in Hungary, the second half of the season provides the Alonso with 12 rounds to seal the comments about his age.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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