90 Year-Old Legendary Ironman Riding in Tour de Palm Springs
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CREATED Feb. 6, 2013
PALM DESERT-- He's a legendary Ironman, marathon runner, swimmer and bicyclist. Now, 90-year-old Bill Bell is taking his talents to the Tour de Palm Springs.
Bill Bell is no stranger to competition. He's a 32-time Ironman and he's competed in nearly 300 triathlons, but this year things are different. Bell lost his wife of 66 years just one week ago.
"The best part, I was able to take care of her right until the end and I told her one day, I said 62 was the greatest love affair," Bell said.
Despite his incredible grief, Bell is determined to ride on in her honor.
"There's no such word as can't," Bell said. "I can."
He's been a part of the Tour de Palm Springs since the very beginning, bringing his can do attitude to the team.
"I was with Tim right from the start," Bell said.
"None of us could keep up with him," Founder of the Tour De Palm Springs, Tim Esser said. "He was so far ahead of us, we had to ask him to slow down."
This year Bell will be joined by 11,000 cyclists and whether they're riding 1 mile or 100 miles, Esser says, it's not a race.
"It's just truly amazing we have all kinds of people, being that it's not a race, they come and they just have a good time riding for fun," Esser said.
Bell's beloved wife may not be there in person to cheer him on, but she's in his heart, her spirit waiting for him at the finish line.
"We've all got to go," Bell said. "I've got her rings, right here."
The Tour de Palm Springs is this Saturday February 9th. For more information on how you can sign up click here.