Some of you may know Rab from the West Highland Way record video sponsored by Wahoo that was released last year. If you haven’t seen it, it’s well worth a watch West Highland Way: Rab Wardell's Record Attempt - YouTube Rab was a decorated racer over many years, including representing Scotland in the Commonwealth Games.
Rab genuinely seemed like one of the good guys - thoughts are with his family and friends. Unsurprisingly considering his standing and popularity, there’s been shock and a flood of tributes from riders in Scotland and further afield.
On a personal note, these incidents where people go to bed seemingly fine and suddenly pass away always hit me emotionally and help put things into perspective. I’m going to ride my bike this weekend thinking of Rab.
Its all over my faceboke; unbelievable. I’ve only ridden with him once but followed him on social media and he always looked so happy; especially a couple of days ago. I’d just clicked like on one of his happy BBC Nine posts before I scrolled down and saw the terrible news on another friends timeline
Very sad… RIP…do they know yet why it happened? Underlying health condition? It always shocks me when this happens to a high level athlete and to a certain extent is concerning for all of us who push ourselves week in week out.
Incredibly sad news, I’m still coming to terms with it slightly, having been at Kirroughtree on Sunday where he took the win.
Rab was a genuinely nice guy, and a constant presence on the Scottish Cycling scene over the past decades. He will be deeply missed.
Taught me how to properly dismount and remount a cyclocross bike, so I will be thinking of him when the season kicks off.
Goes to show how fleeting life can be. So terrible for his loved ones.
I wonder if it was the effort of the race mixed with something else that was the cause. I think most people on this forum have been wrecked for a few days after an effort like that. Couple that with a heart condition or maybe some medication?
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