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 travelled off road trails and quiet back country lanes 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 one of the World’s toughest adventures, on one of the World’s most idyllic islands.


Itinerary & Entry


November 17th – Registration opens at a location in Negombo Beach, TBA – (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negombo). In the evening an informal gathering for all participants will be arranged to meet each other and the organising team.

November 18th – All riders meet at the registration venue for transfer to the airport and a domestic flight to Matalla. Coach transfer to Kuda Oya. Afternoon/evening to set up bikes, and activities with the villager community.

November 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd – “Rumble in the Jungle” – See stage details

November 22nd – Over night in Kandy with time to visit many of the places of interest in this historic city.

November 23rd – Transfer 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!


Entry Fee – USD 1’895 per person.

Included in entry fee –

  • Domestic flight Colombo – Mattalla;
  • Transfer of all belongings between each stage;
  • All accommodation on twin share basis – November 18th to 23rd inclusive;
  • Set breakfast and evening meal 18th to 22nd inclusive;
  • Full race support including medics, bike mechanics (services to be paid for if required), fully equipped and manned water/feed stations, bike wash facilities;
  • Transfer from Kandy to Negombo;
  • Beach party and post-race celebration / prize giving ceremony in Negombo;
  • Prize money in excess of US $20,000;
  • Finishers t-shirts, medals and certificates.


Not included in entry fee

  • International flights
  • Equipment- including bike, helmet, clothing etc;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages;
  • Insurance;
  • Private medical services or treatment, emergency medical treatment and emergency evacuation fee;
  • Entry visas or immigration services.


NB: all competitors shall be required to sign a personal liability waiver in order to participate in the race.


Rumble In The Jungle 2014 Application

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Race Stages

Stage 1

Kuda Oya to Haputale – 80km – 2200m Ascent – Max temp 37c – Average temp – 27.8c

“River Deep, Mountain High” – 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.
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Stage 2

Haputale – Haputale – 80km – 2000m Ascent – Max temp 34c – Average temp 26.6c

“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.
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Stage 3

Kalupahana to Nuwara Eliya – 52km – 1900m Ascent – Max temp 31c – Average temp 25.8c

“The Natural High” – 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 20km rolling finish takes riders into Nuwara Eliya, at 1880m, Sri Lanka’s highest town an often referred to as “Little England” with its green parks and colonial buildings.
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Stage 4

Ramboda to Kandy – 64km – 1200m Ascent – Max temp – 32c – Average temp 27.6

“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.
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