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Russell Crowe Gets Last Laugh After Biking Duel With Gossip Columnist

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crowe_smokingIt’s no secret that Russell Crowe has been trying to get in shape for awhile now. There were even reports earlier this summer that the actor had over $160,000 in exercise equipment installed in a trailer on the set of his new flick Robin Hood.

Anyways, continuing his personal fitness regimen, Crowe has taken to biking around Sydney, Australia. During one these workouts recently, the trailing paparazzi snapped some photos of the 46-year-old actor taking a break from a ride, smoking a cigarette and quaffing down some tacos and a soft drink. Gossip columnist Annette Sharp of Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph mocked Crowe’s new diet saying that “Smokes and fatty foods the fitness regime for Rusty.” Crowe was apparently offended by the quip and challenged Sharp to keep up with him on one of his rides. From the article,

In a story published Friday, the paper said Crowe’s spokesman called up gossip columnist Annette Sharp the next day and said, “Get on your bike. Russell wants you to go riding with him. Are you ready to die?”

Sharp accepted the challenge and the pair met a dawn for a 12-mile (20-kilometer) ride through the city. Video of the race shows Sharp struggling to keep up while Crowe zooms along unfazed. At one point, Sharp fell off her bike. Still, Crowe gave Sharp some credit, telling her she was a better biker than Australian director Baz Luhrmann. “You’re twice the man Baz is,” he said.

Ok, so Russell Crowe can kick all of our asses. We knew that already. However, smoking and fast food are really counter-productive to anyone attempting to get into shape. Eventually, it will all catch up to him and then any 10-year-old on a Huffy will be able to pass him by. Just wait.

Photo credit: Hollywood Grind

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