Scottish mountain bike champion Rab Wardell dies in his sleep aged 37 days after winning elite title
Rab overcame several punctures to win an elite men's title on Sunday
Scottish mountain biker Rab Wardell has died just days after winning the Scottish MTB XC Championships.
Scottish Cycling confirmed on Tuesday evening that Wardell died in his sleep, aged 37.
It said in a statement on Twitter: “We are devastated to confirm the news that international mountain biker & former employee, Rab Wardell, has passed away today.
“We have very little information at this stage, but we send our love & support to his family, friends & all those in our community who knew him.
“We ask that you respect Rab’s family’s privacy at this incredibly sad time.”
Wardell won the elite men’s title at Kirroughtree Forest on Sunday overcoming several punctures to win on the final lap.
British Cycling paid tribute to Mr Wardell in a statement: "Rab was a brilliant rider, friend and ambassador for our sport. Our thoughts are with his family and many friends."
On their Facebook page, SXC (Scottish Cross Country Association) said: “We have the saddest news to share with you all today.
“We are devastated to relay to you the tragic news that our friend, our champion Rab Wardell has died overnight.
“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.
“I’m sure more eloquent words will be written by many but RIP Rab. Our champion, our inspiration, our friend.”