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Mountain biker Rab Wardell tragically passed away in his sleep at the age of 37.
The Glasgow native died just two days after winning the elite men’s championship at the Scottish Mountain Cross Country Championships.
Rabbi Wardle dies at 37.
Wardle appeared on BBC Scotland on Monday night after overcoming all odds.
In a heartfelt statement, the Scottish Cross Country Association wrote: “Our deepest condolences go out 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 the hearts and memories of all of us.
“I’m sure a lot of people will write more convincing words, but RIP Rab. Our champion, our inspiration, our friend.”
A separate statement from British Cycling read: “Everyone at British Cycling is deeply saddened to learn of Rab Wardell’s death.
“Raab was an outstanding rider, friend and ambassador of our sport, and he will be missed by many. Our thoughts are with his family and many of his friends during this extremely difficult time.”
Following the shocking news of Wardle’s death, fans flocked to pay tribute to him.
One wrote: “Raab taught my kids how to ride many months ago. He’s always been great to them.
“I’m in shock and know only a little about him, so my heart goes out to his friends and family. I can’t imagine what they’re going through.”
A second tweet paid tribute: “This is awesome, a truly honest guy who loves to ride a bike and many others. Your name and accomplishments will never be forgotten. Easy ride.”
A third added: “Heartbreaking. I’m so sorry to all who knew and loved him. So young, so early.”
Former Scottish cyclist David Miller tweeted: “Sad to hear @RabWardell leaving us. So elusive.”
Wardell won the Scottish Mountain Cross Country Championship last weekend, even though he had to overcome three punctures during the race, that’s what he’s capable of.
His victory at Killotree Forest was described as “an incredible display of endurance for the British Cycling team.