BREAKING: British mountain bike champion Rab Wardell passes away suddenly in his sleep aged 37

BREAKING: British mountain bike champion Rab Wardell passes away suddenly in his sleep aged 37

Image of mountain bike champion Rab Wardell. Credit: Twitter@RabWardell

Rab Wardell, the 37-year-old British mountain bike champion passes away suddenly in his sleep.

Just two days after winning the elite men’s mountain bike title at the Scottish MTB XC Championships, 37-year-old Rab Wardell has passed away today, Tuesday, August 23, in his sleep. 

Following his unexpected victory in the event – during which he suffered three punctures – Glaswegian rider Wardell appeared on BBC Scotland on Monday, August 22.

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 “Our deepest sympathy to his friends, family and loved ones. He will be truly missed by our community and his determination, talent and friendship will live on in all our hearts and memories”, said a poignant statement from the Scottish Cross Country Association.

They added: “I’m sure more eloquent words will be written by many but RIP Rab. Our Champion, Our Inspiration, Our Friend”.

British Cycling posted a statement saying: “Everybody at British Cycling is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Rab Wardell. Rab was a brilliant rider, friend and ambassador for our sport, and will be sorely missed by so many. Our thoughts are with his family and many friends at this incredibly difficult time”.


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