FAQ

Do I need a visa for Sri Lanka

Yes, nearly all nationalities need a visa to visit Sri Lanka. A 30 day visa can be obtained on arrival at the airport for $20 for  residents of SAARC countries or $35 for other countries. Alternatively an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation) can be applied for in advance here for a fee of $15 for residents of SAARC countries, or $30 for other countries.

Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your arrival date in Sri Lanka.

More details can be found on the eta.gov.lk website

How do I get to Sri Lanka?

At present there is only 1 international airport in Sri Lanka. Bandaranaike International Airport is located about 40 minutes drive north of the capital city, Colombo.

Sri Lanka Airlines have direct flights to Sri Lanka from many European, Asian, and Middle Eastern destinations.

A number of the Middle Easterm Airlines also fly to Sri Lanka, including Qatar, Emirates and Ethihad.

How do I get from the airport to Negombo.

Negombo is only a 20 minute drive from the international airport.

You can either book an airport transfer via the application form at a cost of $20 per person (one way), or you can arrange a taxi on arrival at the airport.

Can you recommend a hotel Negombo.

There are numerous hotels / guesthouses in Negombo that can suit every budget from $10 per night to $200 per night.

Check out Booking.com or similar sites for prices and availability of a range of accommodations.

 

The Rumble headquarters, race registration and  accommodation on the 17th will be at the The Catamaran Beach Hotel. Subject to availability, The Catamaran can be booked for pre race accommodation also. Please contact Ryan Fernando lsrevents@sltnet.lk with your preferred dates for prices and details.

 

Where does the race finish?

The race finishes in Kandy on the 17th of June.

Riders will overnight at a luxury hotel and will be transferred the following day on a nostalgic train journey back to Negombo for the beach party and prize giving awards.

Accommodation on the night of the17th at the Catamaran Beach Hotel is included in the entry fee.

 

I will be travelling with my bike in a bag / box. What will happen to that during the race?

It is not possible to take your bike bag or box along during the race. Nearly all hotels in Negombo have a secure luggage storage facility where you can store your bike bag and any extra luggage not needed during the race.

How do we get to the race start?

The race starts from the small jungle province of Kuda Oya to the south east of the island.

Riders will be transferred by coach from The Catamaran Beach Hotel on the morning of the 12th June (time will be advised at registration). The journey to Kuda Oya will take approximately 6 hours. There will be a lunch stop (not included in entry fee)  en route.

The bikes will be transferred on a a separate vehicle and will arrive at the same time as the riders.

How will my bike be transferred?

Bikes will be transferred from Negombo to Kuda Oya. and from Kandy to Negombo inside a secure closed back truck.

Bikes will need to be assembled and not in their travelling boxes / bags. There will be no extra space to accommodate bike boxes or bags, which should be left at your respective hotel in Negombo.

The bikes will be carefully secured but the organising team cannot take responsibility for any scratches / damage that occurs during transit.

 

What is the accommodation like during the race?

The first nights accommodation will be in jungle cottages or luxury tents. There are a limited number of cottages (see details here) which will be allotted on a random basis. The tents will be positioned in the same grounds as the cottages and there will be a communal open air restaurant area.

For the rest of the race (5 nights) riders will be accommodated in 3 or 4 star hotels, such as The Galway Forest Lodge, Nuwara Eliya  or the Hotel Suisse in Kandy.

On what basis is the room sharing ?

Whilst we use the biggest and best guesthouses  in the area, accommodation is still very limited and thus so are room combinations. However, we endeavour to accommodate couples in private rooms and keep friends together.
Rooming will be on a twin share occupancy and due to limited facilities, single occupancy is not available.

What will the weather be like?

The western and southern coastal areas of the island, as well as the Tea Country, remain under the influence of the summer monsoon in full swing, blowing in from the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal. The winds hit the hills, creating increased rainfall in the west and along the south coast, although this is not as high as the previous month.

Despite the monsoon, it is not unusual to go a number of days without any rain or just the odd tropical downpour in the afternoons, making beach days still very much a possibility (although the higher sea levels should be considered in some areas).

Temperatures remain high along the coast (avg temp: 28 °C), whilst it can be chilly up in the hills, especially at night. Swimming in the sea on the south and west coasts during June is often not recommended. Many hotels will have their red flags out to indicate that sea bathing can be dangerous. Having said this, it is generally a month with good weather and water sports and outdoor activities are OK.

It’s a different story in the north and along the east coast, with dry and bright weather expected as beach lovers turn their attention to the east coast beaches. Further north in the Cultural Triangle, temperatures remain high and rainfall is at a minimum (avg temp: 32 °C). During the summer months this arid region can experience hot and dry winds sweeping over the flat plains at times.

 

What will the food be like?

Buffet breakfast and evening meals are included in the entry fee from June 13th to 17th (evening meal on 12th and breakfast on 18th also included).

Both breakfast and dinner will be tailored towards an endurance athletes needs with lots of carbs, fresh fruits, vegetables, soups, breads, pasta, noodles, curries etc.

Lunch is not included in the entry fee, but can be purchased from the hotels after finishing each stage.

Here is a list of 40 of Sri Lanka’s best dishes

I am a vegetarian / vegan. Can you cater for me?

Yes. Most dietary requirements can be catered for. There is a section on the application form to let us know of any specific requirements. Given plenty of notice it is usually possible to fulfill most requests but in the unlikely event it is not possible we will let you know before confirming your place.

Is bottled water, soft and alcoholic drinks included in the cost?

Bottled water will be supplied at all water stations during the race, but other than this bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks will need to be purchased separately from the hotel.

What kind of bike is best for Rumble in the Jungle

The descents are long and brutally rough. A full suspension  offers the best comfort for these sections and most riding hardtails wished they had full suspension !!

It is however possible to complete the course on a hardtail and indeed the top 5 finishers in 2014 were all riding hard tails.

Bikes will need to be in to be in good working order and geared low enough to cope with extremely steep and technical climbs.

We recommend fitting new brake pads and chains before arrival in Sri Lanka, as although the race will be accompanied by a mechanic, once leaving Colombo / Negombo spares will be very limited.

Am I fit enough to complete Rumble in the Jungle

Rumble in the Jungle is only 4 days of riding with the maximum distance being 80km.

The stages are tough, with lots of climbing, but each stage has comprehensive backup, where if a rider feels they are unable to complete a stage, we are able to recover them and transport them to the finish point.

Whilst we wouldn’t accept entries from riders without any mountain biking experience, we would actively encourage both elite riders and those embarking into their first taste of mountain bike stage racing to take on the Rumble, assured with the knowledge that safety and comfort of all riders participating is one of our primary objectives.

Will there be bike washing facilities each day?

There will be a hosepipe at the hotels to wash down muddy bikes. Although water may seem plentiful, fresh water is still a limited resource in the areas we pass through, so please use it sparingly. If you are washing your own bike you must also bring your own cleaning equipment.

Alternatively the services of a mechanic to clean and lubricate your bike can be pre booked via the application form.

Will there be a bike mechanic?

Yes, there will be a bike mechanic based at the hotels. A bike clean and lubricate can be booked in advance at a cost of $100 for the 4 sessions via the application form. This will also entitle the rider to a reduced fee of $20 per hour for additional repairs that may need to be carried out. A bike clean and lubricate can be booked on the day at a cost of $30, with additional repairs at $30 per hour, but priority will be given to pre-booked clients.

Will there be back up and a doctor available?

There will be a fully qualified doctor based at the hotel  and a first aid team will (wherever possible) be sweeping each stage in case there are any injuries during the race. Please complete the medical section on the application form as comprehensively as possible so that our doctors are armed with all the correct information relating to your medical history.

Is it possible to take a non-riding companion?

Of course!! We would like nothing more than for you to have your family or friends along to support you.

Companions will enjoy the same accommodation and food as the riders, and will be transferred by mini bus between race stages.

We cannot guarantee they will always be able to follow the entire stage but we will do our utmost to ensure they can view as much of the race as possible. Alternatively we can arrange for them to have separate sight seeing tours whilst the race is taking place.

 

The event is sponsored by TORQ; what products will be available to riders?

Each feed station (2 on shorter stages, 3 on longer stages) will be equipped with a range of products, including Torq energy drink powder, gels and bars. Torq recovery powder will be available at the finish line. The feed stations will also be supplying biscuits, savoury snacks and bottled water to cater for every taste.

What time does the riding start each day and how long should we expect to be out for?

As the stages are not massively long, the race will generally not start until 9am, unless conditions dictate otherwise. On average we expect the faster riders to be riding for around 3 to 4 hours per day and the slowest ones to be twice that time, some days will be shorter and 1 or 2 maybe longer!

Will there be race briefings each day and are these mandatory?

Yes, each evening riders will be briefed on the following days stage. It is very important that ALL riders attend this briefing from a safety prospective as important information regarding weather and trail conditions will be discussed, together with details relating to start times, route deviations etc.
Briefings will generally be carried out before dinner at 7pm but timings etc will be displayed on the race notice board in a prominent position in the hotel.

Are there any vaccination requirements for Sri Lanka

No inoculations are compulsory unless you are coming from a yellow fever or cholera area. (Cholera is very occasionally reported in Sri Lanka, so is not considered a serious risk.) However, the following vaccinations are recommended, particularly if you plan a long trip or intend visiting remote areas:
Typhoid (monovalent), Polio, Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies
Remember to plan well ahead with vaccinations. Allow up to six weeks to receive the full course, for some vaccinations require more than one dose, and some should not be given together.

The risk of malaria exists throughout the whole country apart from the districts of Colombo, Kalutara and Nuwara Eliya. Medication has to start one week prior to travel, continue during the trip, and finish four weeks after your return. Once again, planning is essential, as well as care to ensure the course is followed.
The above is for guidance only and recommendations may differ, depending on your country of origin. Please see your GP for their current advice.

How is the race route marked?

Each rider will be sent .gpx files to the exact course at least one week before the race commences. All riders are expected to upload these to their GPS device and use this information to navigate the course. In addition to this, the route will be physically marked with prominent markers at regular intervals and any ambiguous junctions etc.

What language will the race briefing be conducted in?

The race briefings will be conducted in English, and it is very important that all riders are able to understand instructions given during the briefing.

It looks like the race is going to be hard on the body. Can I get a sports massage during the race.

Yes. You can prebook either 4 x 30 minute session package for $120, or 4 x 1 hour package session for $200. Both options are available to book via the application form.

It may be possible to book a massage on the day at a cost of $40 per 30 minutes but this will be subject to availability after all prebooked sessions have been completed

Do I need insurance to enter Rumble in the Jungle

Yes. The race passes through some very remote area of Sri Lanka. In the event of an emergency, helicopter evacuation maybe necessary. This is a very expensive procedure so it is essential that all competitors have insurance that will cover this and any medical treatment that may be required.

Proof of insurance will be required by May 1st 2017. Any riders without adequate insurance will not be allowed to race.

 

Do the race hotels have WIFI?

Wifi is  available at many of the places we stay but it can be infuriatingly unreliable and slow.

SIM packages with data are available at the airport from Sri Lanka’s biggest mobile network supplier, Mobitel

Im fit and I enjoy mountain biking but I'm not confident on extremely technical terrain. Will Rumble be suitable for me?

Whilst the descents can be brutally rough, there are only a few sections of technical riding which could be easily walked.

How do I apply to enter the race?

All potential riders need to complete to application form which is available from the homepage, dropdown menu or  here – Application Form. Once we have received your completed application we will contact you with details on  procedures of how to secure  your place in the race. Please fill in details on the application form as thoroughly as possible as this will help us to make a speedy decision on your application.

How do I secure my place in the race?

Once we have received your application and it has been accepted then a deposit of $200 will ensure your place in the 2017 race is secure (full details will be emailed at the time of acceptance). Please note, this is a NON REFUNDABLE deposit and is a statement of intent that you are definitely wish to take part in the race. We will make preliminary bookings based on this, which will incur costs. The deposit CANNOT be refunded at a later date if you change your mind!

What payment methods do you accept for the deposit or balance in full?

At the moment , we can accept bank transfer or Paypal payments. Full details will be included in the application acceptance letter

How much luggage can I take with me for the 8 days?

Riders and companions are restricted to 1 piece of luggage for the duration of the race. This can be up to 80ltrs in capacity and must not weigh anymore than 20kg.

Bags must be clearly labelled with the riders name and easily identifiable to the owner.

Can I download the race rules and regulations?

Yes, you can find them here –

Do you have a Facebook page?

Yes we do and it is updated on a regular basis with news from all our races.

Just follow this link – TheYakAttack

How do the riders return from Kandy to Negombo

Included in the entry fee is a train journey from Kandy to Negombo.

The train is of the vintage variety and it is like stepping back in time as the train travels through the mountains, jungles and plains on its way back to the coast.

You can see highlights of the journey (in reverse) in this YouTube video

Can I download more information about Rumble in the Jungle and Sri Lanka in general?

Yes, you can download our Rumble information pack in a PDF version here

Can I view more photos from the previous Rumble in the Jungle

Yes, All the photos from the 2014 race can be found on our Flickr page