Going Pro at 36: Rab Wardell’s Unlikely Rise to the MTB Top

The latest entry to Wahoo’s ‘Old Enough to Know Better’ series follows an affable MTB rider as he takes on the cadence of a full-time pro athlete.

As you’ll see in this edit, Rab Wardell is a chipper guy and keen storyteller. But ask him how it feels to make the pro cut in mountain biking at the age of 36, and he has just one emphatic word: “Happy.”

As a late bloomer, Wardell seems to harness a kind of humble dignity and palpable excitement that we rarely get to see in the pro leagues.

Give it a watch; it might make your day.

Runtime: 11 minutes

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Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.

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