Rumble in the Jungle - Racing in paradise June 11th to 18th 2017

4 days of mountain bike racing through Sri Lanka's tropical landscape

Rumble in the Jungle – Sri Lanka’s premier mountain bike stage race, takes riders from hot and humid jungles, through mountain hugging tea plantations and across the islands highest plateau. Along the way riders will need to wade across rivers, ride through dense jungle, which is home to wild elephants, leopards and snakes, tackle 1000+m climbs and negotiate bone clattering rocky descents.

Via a network of rarely traveled off road trails,Rumble in the Jungle takes riders through the diverse terrain and climate unique to Sri Lanka. Intense humidity, leeches, baking sun, torrential rain, mud, sand, rock and over 7000m of ascent combine to make this race the adventure of a lifetime, on one of the World’s most idyllic islands.

Itinerary & entry details.

June 11th to 17th 2017

June 11th – Registration opens at the Catamaran Beach Hotel, Negombo Beach, between 10am and 3pm
June 12th – All riders meet at the registration venue at 7am for a coach transfer to Kuda Oya (approx. 6 hours)
June 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th – “Rumble in the Jungle” – See stage details
June 16th – Over night in Kandy with time to visit many of the places of interest in this historic city
June 17th – Transfer by train to Negombo Beach for closing ceremony, prize giving and the inaugural Rumble in the Jungle beach party, with live music, DJs and lots of fun!

Included in entry fee –

Luxury coach transfer from Negombo to Kuda Oya (approx 6 hour)
1 night in jungle camp at Kuda Oya (Cabanas and luxury tents)
2 nights in 3*+ hotel in Haputale
1 night in 3*+ hotel in Nuwara Eliya
1 night in 4*+ hotel in Kandy
1 night in beach front hotel in Negombo
Set breakfast June 13th to 18th and evening meal June 12th to 17th inclusive
Transfer of luggage between each stage
Water stations with free Torq energy products, bottled water, fruits etc
Physical and GPS route marking
Full medical support by qualified doctors
Bike wash facilities
Bike mechanic (services to be paid for)
Massage services (to be paid for)
Transfer from Kandy to Negombo by nostalgic train
Beach party and post-race celebration / prize giving ceremony in Negombo
Prize money (to be announced)
Finishers t-shirts, medals and certificates

Not included in entry fee

International flights
Equipment- including bike, helmet, clothing etc
Lunches, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
Private medical services or treatment, emergency medical treatment and emergency evacuation fee
Entry visas or immigration services
Accommodation on or before June 11th, or on or after June 18th

Entry fee


Companion fee – $1595

A further 10% discount off the entry fee will be applied for those booking flights with Sri Lanka Airlines

Entries will close April 30th 2017, or when full (maximum 60 riders)

* $20 from each entry will be donated to Animal SOS Srilanka

Sri Lanka Airlines Rumble in the Jungle - Application Form

If you’re interested, please fill in our application form to get started! Even early bird entries can be secured with a deposit from as little as $200

Race Stages

Kuda Oya to Haputale

“#RideforCharlie” – Starting on the flat southern plains of the island, just 100m above sea level, the race soon enters virgin jungle where riders will have to battle through often prickly and dense vegetation, tackle numerous river crossings, varying from ankle to waist high, depending on rainfall, and endure the attentions of blood thirsty leeches and jungle ticks. Upon leaving the jungle the route starts to climb rapidly and does not relent for close to 30km before reaching the highest point of the day at 1650m, finally descending through working tea plantations to Haputale.



Haputale – Haputale

“Lipton’s Loop” – This is a loop around Lipton’s Seat which was once a favourite lookout point of Sir Thomas Lipton. After a 500m ascent, the definite highlight of the day is a 1200m descent over 16km, mostly over super rough terrain; at the bottom of which we again meet jungle and possible wild elephant sightings. A brutal 700m climb, followed later by another 500m climb takes riders back up to 1850m above sea level for a final descent back into Haputale through working tea plantations.

Kalupahana to Nuwara Eliya

“Gamini De Silva memorial stage” – The route today takes in Sri Lanka’s highest waterfall, Bambarakanda, crosses the highest plateau, Horton Plains and finishes in the highest town, Nuwara Eliya. None of this comes without cost; the day starts with a 17km, 1300m climb, the majority of which is on rocky trail. At 2100m, once on the plateau, the temperature can drop dramatically and the area is often shrouded in mist. The plains are host to a large Sambar deer population and home to one of the World’s most endangered primates, the Slender Loris. A scintillating descent down from the plateau and another 17km ascent brings riders into Nuwara Eliya.

Ramboda to Kandy

“Down Time”- With over 2600m of descent on the cards today, its definitely a downhiller’s delight! After a 20km, 900m descent group ride on the main road out of Nuwara Eliya, the race starts from the Bluefield Tea plantation with a tough 8km, 500m ascent. After this its practically all downhill for the next 48km, dropping 1100m through remote villages back into the lowlands. The race finishes in Kandy, the second largest city in Sri Lanka and home to the Temple of the Tooth; one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world.