George W. Bush’s 70th birthday party was pretty badass

For many a septuagenarian, their 70s are a time to sit back, take it easy, and gracefully glide through their golden years.

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But it seems that former President George W. Bush isn’t like your average 70-year-old, as he opted to ring in his 70th birthday Wednesday not by blowing out candles but by taking a group of wounded war veterans on a mountain bike ride through his Texas ranch.

This isn’t the 43rd president’s first time showcasing his mountain biking prowess: For each of the past five years, Bush has hosted a 100-kilometer mountain bike ride with wounded vets through his Prairie Chapel Ranch in conjunction with the Bush Center.

The event helps raise money to support the lives of veterans injured in war and promote the spirit of overcoming adversity.

“I'll be riding across Texas with wounded warriors to show the unbelievable character of our men and women in uniform,” the former president said of his annual W100K race. “It's a ride to herald people who were dealt a severe blow and said, ‘I'm not going to let it tear me down.'”

Celebrating 70 on the trails with wounded warriors. #43turns70

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And apparently the tradition of celebrating post-retirement birthdays by getting one’s heart rate up runs in his family: His father, former President George H.W. Bush, famously celebrated his 80th, 85th and 90th birthdays by skydiving.

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