The mountain bike rider Rab Wardell has died at the age of 37, just days after competing at, and winning, the Scottish MTB XC Championships.

Rab Wardell : Heart attack | Bike check | Coaching

Scottish Cycling confirmed on Tuesday evening that Wardell had died in his sleep. Wardell had appeared on BBC Scotland’s The Nine programme on Monday evening to talk about his victory on Sunday.

Rab Wardell : Heart attack | Bike check | Coaching

  • Date of Birth: 15th June 1985
  • Hometown: Dunfermline, Scotland
  • Residence: Glasgow, Scotland
  • Height: 178cm
  • Weight: 65kg-70kg

“We are devastated to confirm the news that international mountain biker and former employee, Rab Wardell, has passed away today,” a statement from Scottish Cycling said.

“We have very little information at this stage, but we send our love and support to his family, friends and all those in our community who knew him and we ask that you respect Rab’s family’s privacy at this incredibly sad time.”

Heart attack 

Rab Wardell dies from ‘cardiac arrest’ two days after winning Scottish mountain bike title, aged 37.

Olympic champion Katie Archibald says she tried to revive her partner after his heart stopped while they were lying in bed.

Katie Archibald, the double Olympic track cycling star, has described how she tried desperately to revive her partner, Scottish mountain bike champion Rab Wardell, after he suffered a cardiac arrest on Tuesday aged 37.

Rab Wardell bike check

He won the last of his many cycling titles on Sunday at the Scottish MTB XC Championships – despite enduring three punctures with bike check.

Rab Wardell : Heart attack | Bike check | Coaching

Originally from Dunfermline, he hit the headlines in 2020 after setting a new record time for cycling the West Highland Way.

He completed the 96 mile (154km) route – which passes along loch shores, through open moorlands and around mountainsides – in nine hours 14 minutes 32 seconds.


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Rab Wardell : Heart attack | Bike check | Coaching

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By Rishabh

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