Rab Wardell, a mountain biker, tragically passed away in his sleep at the age of 37.
Only two days after winning the elite men’s title at the Scottish MTB XC Championships, the Glaswegian died.
Following his unlikely victory on Monday night, Wardell made an appearance on BBC Scotland.
The Scottish Cross Country Association expressed their sincere condolences to his friends, family, and loved ones in a moving statement.
“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.”
“I’m shocked and I just knew him a little, so my heart goes out to his friends and family. I can’t imagine what they are going through.”
Further words from British Cycling were as follows: “The passing of Rab Wardell has greatly saddened everyone at British Cycling.
“Rab was a great rider, friend, and representative of our sport. He will be dearly missed by a lot of people. At this extremely trying moment, our sympathies are with his family and a large number of friends.”
After hearing the tragic news of Wardell’s passing, fans flocked to offer their respects.
One said: “Many years ago, Rab taught my kids how to ride. He was always wonderful around them.
While a second tweeted in tribute: “This is unbelievable, a truly honest guy that loved riding and those many others who did. Your name and achievements will never be forgotten. Ride easy.”
A third added: “Heartbreaking. I’m so sorry for all those that knew & loved him. Too young, too soon.”
Scottish former cyclist David Millar tweeted: “So very sad to learn of @RabWardell leaving us. Properly hard to comprehend.”
Due to his talent, Wardell managed to win the Scottish MTB XC Championships last weekend despite suffering three punctures while competing.
British Cycling hailed his victory at Kirroughtree Forest as “a sign of remarkable resilience.