Wardell, who died on Tuesday morning, had won the Scottish MTB Championship on Sunday at Dumfries and Galloway.
Rab Wardell, a 37-year-old cyclist from Scotland, passed away on August 23, 2022, precisely two days after winning the Scottish MTB XC Championships and hours after discussing that achievement on BBC Scotland’s The Nine show. The highly experienced biker was in perfect physical condition and had no history of illness. He didn’t have any severe diseases either.
At this point, it is unclear what caused the death. Almost immediately, anti-vaccination campaigners began asserting that he passed away due to the COVID-19 vaccine-induced Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS). He may have experienced what some people think was a heart attack, based on reports as Wardell’s partner, the track cyclist Katie Archibald, tweeted on Wednesday that he had experienced a “cardiac attack” on Tuesday morning. “He experienced a heart attack while we were resting. Though the paramedics arrived as soon after I kept trying and his heart stopped, they could not revive him”.
The athlete narrated in an emotional publication on Twitter how she tried to revive her partner. “ She went into cardiac arrest when we were lying in bed . I tried and tried and the paramedics came within minutes but her heart stopped and they couldn’t do anything to bring her back,” she explained.
“We send our love and support to his family, friends, and all those in our community who knew him. We ask that you respect the privacy of Rab’s family at this incredibly sad time,” the Scottish Cycling Federation said in a statement.
Rabbi Wardell’s journey
Rabbi Wardwell was born in Dunfermline, Scotland. He started mountain biking at the age of 15, competing in prestigious events such as BMX.
He was the national champion of Cyclocross, as well as Junior and Sub23 in MTB. However, injuries kept him from the professional top and he eventually decided to found a company in the same branch, Wardell Cycle Coaching.
But some time later he decided to return to training and climbed to the point that last weekend he was proclaimed champion of the MTB XC Scotland. Days after the title, when his popularity was at its peak, his heart stopped beating.