Rab Wardell, a 37-year-old mountain cyclist from Scotland, died peacefully in his sleep just days after winning the Scottish championship, according to a statement.

Tragically, Rab Wardell, a Scottish mountain bike champion who overcame a flat to win the championship, passed away just two days later.

A statement stated that the 37-year-old Glasgow resident died in his sleep. At the Scottish MTB XC Championships, Wardell won the elite men’s title, and on Monday night, he celebrated by going on television.

He jokingly referred to the race as “a bit of a disaster” after admitting he had to recover from two punctures to win. He tragically died in his sleep a few hours later.

The Scottish Cross Country Association issued the following statement: “Our sincere condolences to his friends, family, and loved ones.” His tenacity, talent, and friendship will endure in all of our hearts and memories, and he will be sincerely missed by our community.

“Many people will undoubtedly write elegant remarks in the future, but RIP, Rab. Our champion, our role model, and our ally.”