🏴 Mountain Biker Rab Wardell, 37, Dies of Heart Attack in Sleep
Cross-country racer Rab Wardell has died at age 37 from a heart attack that he suffered while sleeping last night.
Mountain biker Rab Wardell has died in his sleep aged 37 – two days after winning the Scottish championship.
He was on The Nine just last night speaking about his win.
— The Nine (@BBCScotNine) August 23, 2022
Just two days earlier, Wardell had won the Scottish MTB XC Championship.
Cross-country (XC) cycling is a discipline of mountain biking defined by the terrain on which it is performed. XC courses and trails consist of a mix of rough forest paths and singletrack (also referred to as doubletrack depending on width), smooth fireroads, and even paved paths connecting other trails. Cross-country cycling became an Olympic sport in 1996 and is the only form of mountain biking practiced at the Olympics.
UPDATE: The BBC reports that Wardell’s partner, fellow racing cyclist Katie Archibald, had unsuccessfully tried to save his life as he entered cardiac arrest in bed beside her.
Olympian Katie Archibald said she tried desperately to save her partner Rab Wardell as he suffered a fatal cardiac arrest in bed beside her.
The champion cyclist expressed her devastation after Wardell, a mountain biker, died aged 37 on Tuesday morning.
His death came two days after he won the Scottish MTB XC Championships in Dumfries and Galloway.
Archibald, 28, made an emotional statement in a social media post on Wednesday morning.
arrived within minutes, but his heart stopped and they couldn't bring him back.
Mine stopped with it. I love him so much and need him here with me. I need him here so badly, but he's gone. I can't describe this pain.
Thank you to… 2/
— Katie Archibald (@_katiearchibald) August 24, 2022
In the United States, mountain biker Kyle Warner is known to have suffered heart complications attributed to an injection of synthetic mRNA.