JUNE 8th – 15th 2018
RACING IN PARADISE
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.
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ITINERARY & ENTRY DETAILS
WHAT’S THE PLAN OF ATTACK?
June 8th – Coach transfer from Negombo to Kuda Oya (approx 7 hours) – Race registration / briefing in the evening
June 9th – 14th – “Rumble in the Jungle” – See stage details
June 15th – Coach transfer back to Negombo
Rider Entry Fee: $1795
BREAKDOWN OF THE STAGES
Kuda Oya to Haputale
“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.
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 rapid descent and 12km of undulating trail takes riders back up to the finish line.
Kalupahana to Nuwara Eliya
“Getting 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 scintillating descent down from the plateau and another 17km ascent brings riders into Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya to Knuckles
“Into the unknown” – Stage 4 will be a completely new on for 2018. After around 8km of ascent through tea plantations, there follows around 27km of descent. The route then joins a series of back country roads for another descent down to Victoria Dam before a final approx 30km cross country traverse to the Knuckles mountain range. (the final 30km route has not yet been decided)
“Hard as Knuckles” – We’re going to keep this one a mystery, but rest assured there will be no easy finish to the Rumble this year. A loop around the Knuckles mountain range will be the finale to the 2018 Rumble in the Jungle, with the prize giving and party being held in the evening.
AND WHAT ISN’T
Included in entry fee
- Luxury coach transfer from Negombo to Kuda Oya (approx 6 hour)
- 1 night in 3*+ hotel in Kuda Oya
- 2 nights in 3*+ hotel in Haputale
- 1 night in 3*+ hotel in Nuwara Eliya
- 2 nights in hotel or luxury camping in Knuckles Mountain range (TBA)
- Set breakfast June 10th to 15th and evening meal June 9th to 14th inclusive
- Transfer of luggage between each stage
- Water stations with, 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)
- Luxury coach transfer from Knuckles to Negombo
- Prize giving ceremony and after race party on 14th
- Prize money and trophies (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 9th, or on or after June 15th
WHAT THE RIDERS THOUGHT
The race comprised 4 stages. Each stage wound its way through tea plantations, dense jungle, mountaintop villages, exposed hillsides and manic, traffic-filled roads. Each stage was very strenuous and we seemed to spend all morning climbing – add to that the incredibly hot and quite often humid weather, the amazing curry (for every meal if you, like me, were daft enough) and incredibly efficient organisation and you’ve got everything you need for a truly memorable week’s racing. Totally immersed in the race, all the rider needs to do is race, eat and sleep. Brilliant.
Jason Miles – Writer for SingleTrackWorld and 2016 participant
Yuki Ikeda – Winner of the 2016 Sri Lankan Holidays Rumble in the Jungle, 2 times Rumble and 3 times Yak Attack competitor
The sun was beating down and it was boiling 38c. The humidity was 80% it was going to be a tough day.
San Kapil – Rumble on a fat bike!
There are good races and then there are great races. It was Nov 17th 2014 and I was running low on fumes after a long season and a pile of late season races, but when Phil Evans and Kate Hobson invited me to their newest brainchild, The Rumble in the Jungle, there was no question I had to be there.
Cory Wallace – Canadian professional marathon mountain bike racer for Kona bicycles and World explorer.
In the end I didn’t take much persuading, and it ended up being one of the most enjoyable racing adventures I have ever done, and my first cross country marathon.
Hannah Barnes – British Professional Mountain Bike Rider & Rumble Participant
スリランカで初開催された賞金総額2万ドルの国際マウンテンバイクステージレース「ランブル・イン・ザ・ジャングル」。今回はビジネスクラスの航空券まで 手配してもらい、招待選手の一人として参戦。こんな素晴らしい待遇はレース人生で初めての経験だ。嬉しい気持ちと同時にレースに対してより気が引き締ま る。今シーズン最後のレースとして良い結果を残すためにも万全な準備を進めた。
Yuki Ikeda – Japanese participant in Rumble in the Jungle, Yak Attack and AlpacAttacl
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
If you’re ready to enter you can do so here.
If you’ve still got questions – check out our Frequently Asked Question section below.
WHAT THE FAQ?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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, and departure point for the transfer 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred dates for prices and details.
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 at 8am on the morning of the 8th June . 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.
The accommodation in Knuckles hasn’t been arranged to date but will either be camping or hotel close to 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 9th to 15th (evening meal on 8th and breakfast on 14th 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 $150 for the 5 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 $40, 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.
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)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
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 a 4 x 30 minute session package for $160. .
It may be possible to book a massage on the day at a cost of $50 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.
Can you recommend an insurance company
Yes. We have partnered with World Nomads insurance who can provide bespoke insurance for residents of over 150 countries worldwide.
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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 2018 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
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