Rab Wardell (born June 15, 1985) was a professional mountain biker, racer, and coach from Dunfermline in Scotland who died at the age of 37 on August 23, 2022, two days after his legendary victory at the Scottish MTB XC Championship in Dumfries and Galloway. He passed away in his sleep after suffering a cardiac arrest while in bed with his partner, Katie Archibald, an Olympic track Cycling Champion.
A former commonwealth games cyclist, Wardell competed in the Scottish Mountain Bike XC Championships and came out victorious after clinching the first position in the elite men’s category. Sadly, he was not able to fully take in his victory as he took his last breath merely 48 hours after clinching a gold medal at the championship. Let’s dive into Rab Wardell’s life.
Profile Summary of Rab Wardell
- Full Name: Rab Wardell
- Date of Birth: 15th June 1985
- Date of Death: 23 August 2022
- Age at Death: 37 years
- Place of Birth: Dunfermline, Scotland
- Ethnicity: White
- Nationality: Scottish
- Zodiac Sign: Gemini
- Education: Dunfermline High School
- Profession: Biker, Commentator, Coach, and Cyclist
- Net Worth: $80k- $1 Million
- Height: 5 feet 10 inches (178 cm, 1.78 m)
- Weight: 65-70 kg (154 lbs.)
- Rab Wardell’s Partner: Katie Archibald
- Instagram: @rabwardell
Rab Wardell is a native of Dunfermline, Scotland
Rab Wardell was born on June 15th, 1985 in Dunfermline Scotland, United Kingdom. As of now, there is no information about the identity of his birth parents or the existence of any sibling. He holds a British/Scottish nationality and belongs to a white ethnic group birthed under the Gemini zodiac sign.
Wardell was raised in the Scottish town, Dunfermline which is the tenth largest town in the entire country and he lived there until his early 20s. He learned bike riding at an early age but his amateur career as a cyclist and mountain biker did not begin until he was 15 years of age.
Wardell grew up living for the double trill, double adrenaline, and double fun. According to his website, the moment he took up mountain biking, he fell in love with the adrenaline rush and adventure of being outside. He further wrote: ‘’If it has two wheels and handlebars then I’m probably going to like it.’’ His love for mountain biking, riding road, gravel, cyclocross, track, and BMX stirred him to pursue sports professionally.
Talking about his educational background, Rab Wardell reportedly attended a high school in his hometown, Dunfermline. After his high school education, he went on to further his studies at a private University.
Rab Wardell won the Scottish title at the Scottish MTB XC Championship
Wardell began his cycling and mountain biking amateur career at the young age of 15 years. Throughout his teenage days, he explored and raced mountain bikes living for the adrenaline rush and the adventure. However, since he turned professional, the Scottish mountain biker has proved to many just how skillfully he can handle his bike as he claimed several awards and recognitions. Wardell has competed in several international games such as Commonwealth Championships, European Championships, and the UCI Track World Cup.
He made headlines in 2020 after setting a new record for the fastest time for cycling the Iconic West Highland Way. He completed the 154km route in nine hours 14 minutes and 32 seconds. He was a member of the team that participated in the 2006 Commonwealth Games (MTB XC and Road) taking part in both mountain biking and road cycling events. Wardell also represented Team Scotland at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo and holds three Scottish Championships decorations in four distinct games cross country, cyclocross, criterium, and group time preliminary), including a bronze decoration from the British XC Championships.
Additionally, he was placed 6th in the British Cycling XC Rankings for 2012, and 17th by and large in the Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge. Recently, the Scottish biker added another achievement to his list as he won the Scottish title in the men’s elite race at the Scottish MTB XC Championship held at Dumfries and Galloway. Despite having to overcome three punctures during the race, Wardell finished the race in the first place and acquired a gold medal in the Scottish MTB XC Championship. His victory at the Scottish championship was described by British Cycling as a ‘’show of incredible resilience’’.
Besides participating in tournaments, he is a coach and the founder of a coaching company called ‘’Wardell Cycle Coaching’’ founded in 2020. The objective of the company is to train people with passion for cycling and help sharpen their skills and confidence. Wardell has taken part in several training programs, including training young competitors in local area clubs in Glasgow. He has also worked with Scottish and British Cycling and coordinated global instructional courses for the World Cycling Center.
Rab Wardell Passed Away in his Sleep After Suffering a Cardiac Arrest on August 23, 2022
Two days after his victory at the Scottish MTB XC Championships, Rab Wardell died in his sleep after suffering from a cardiac arrest on Tuesday morning August 23, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland. Wardell’s partner, Olympic Champion Katie Archibald, who was by his side at the time he breathed his last, revealed in a social media post that she tried to resuscitate him after he suffered the cardiac arrest while they were lying in bed together.
Unfortunately, his heart stopped despite her and the paramedics efforts to save him. The Olympic Champion further declared her love for Wardell and went on to express her gratitude to everyone who paid tribute to Wardell.
Few hours before Wardell’s death and after winning the Scottish title at the Scottish MTB XC Championship, Wardell had appeared on BBC Scotland’s Monday night’s episode of The Nine Program where he shared how he overcame three flat tires to win the Scottish MTB XC Championship on Sunday. He further stated that the game was a bit disastrous but he managed to keep on racing till the very end. The Scottish Champion further celebrated his victory and thanked everyone for showering him with support.
The news of Wardell’s passing has taken the cycling world by storm as tributes pour in from admirers, friends, family, colleagues, and fans all around the world. Scottish Cycling association expressed their sadness and stated that it was a big loss for Scottish Mountain Bike Racing. Former professional cyclist James McCallum praised Wardell as someone who mastered all forms of the sport. Mr. McCallum stated that Wardell was a standout beacon of hope and determination to anyone in cycling. Furthermore, Olympic gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy, Lizzy Yarnold, Dame Laura Kenny, and many other sportsmen sent their tributes. May his soul rest in Peace.
Rab Wardell was Katie Archibald’s Partner
The death of Rab Wardell has indeed come as a shock to many, especially his partner Katie Archibald. Prior to the death of Wardell, fans were curious about his relationship with Olympic gold medal cyclist, Katie Archibald. Several online sources claimed at the time that Rab Wardell was in a romantic relationship with Katie. However, none of the speculations were confirmed but from Wardell’s Instagram post the two seem to share a very special relationship.
Following the death of the Scottish Champion, the mystery behind his relationship with Katie came to light. Katie revealed shortly after the death of Wardell that she was in bed with him as he breathed his last. She further confessed that Wardell meant the world to her and ended the post with a declaration of her love.
What is Rab Wardell’s Net Worth?
Rab Wardell only began his professional cycling career in 2022, but sadly he passed away just when the world was getting to know what he was capable of. According to online sources, the Scottish Cyclist has accumulated a net worth of around $80k – $1 million from his cycling and coaching career.