Mountain Biker Dies Just Two Days After Winning Scottish Championship

Tragic news as mountain biker Rab Wardell dies in his sleep aged just 37 - just two days after he won the Scottish championship.

Rab Wardell, 37, tragically died in his sleep just two days after winning the Scottish Championship
Rab Wardell, 37, tragically died in his sleep just two days after winning the Scottish Championship

The 37-year-old mountain biker won the elite men's title at the Scottish MTB XC Championships that were held in Dumfries and Galloway at the weekend.


On Monday evening, Wardell had made an appearance on BBC Scotland's The Nine programme where he described how he had overcome three punctures to win the race.


In 2020, the former Commonwealth Games cyclist set a new record time for completing the West Highland Way.


Although Wardell, who lived in Glasgow, had been competing in mountain bike races since his teens, he had only turned professional earlier this year.



British Cycling described his win at Kirroughtree Forest on Sunday as a "show of incredible resilience."


Talking about his race win on The Nine, Wardell said: "To be honest, it was a bit of a disaster, but I just have to keep on trucking and keep racing. "I guess I still felt confident that I'd be able to catch the leaders and win so I just gave it my best shot - what more can you do?."


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