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Rumble in the Jungle

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Sri Lanka
Event type:
MTB Stage
Entries open:
Event dates:
26 Mar 2021 - 6 day event
± 50 weeks until event
Race Organiser:
Mountain Biking Worldwide
Race Director:
Phil Evans

We’ve completely revamped the “Rumble” for 2020. There’s more downhill, timed enduro style sections, hill climb time trials, king of the mountain’s accolades and all the old favourites, including the 16km “Rattle and Hum” descent!

We’ve stepped up the overnight accommodation to include staying at The Blackpool Hotel  and the Sooriya Resort so you can be assured of a luxurious nights rest between stages. Also new for 2020 is the ability to ride as many, or as few of the stages as you like, so if you just want to ride the downhill stages, or even the uphill ones, and spend the rest of your time relaxing or sightseeing, then that’s fine by us! All in all, we feel we’ve put together a package that offers the very best mountain biking in Sri Lanka and takes you through a landscape like no other on earth. We’re sure you’ll be thrilled by this mountain bike race and experience of a lifetime…


Weather conditions

Hot and humid, possible strong winds and tropical downpours, cooler at a higher altitude

Season: Summer

Route Information



Terrain. Jungle single track. Rocky tea plantation trails. River crossings. High mountain plateaus.

Technical Rating: 6

Stage details

1 timed enduro section 13km
2 timed enduro sections 25km, 1 timed climb 13km
1 timed enduro section 16km, 1 timed climb 7
1 timed climb 17km
1 timed enduro section 13km, 1 timed climb 3km

Entry Fee details

Entry pp R26,578 to / USD: $1795

Included in entry fee

  • Luxury coach transfer from Negombo to Nuwara Eliya (28th March)
  • 2 night in 4*+ Blackpool Hotel in Nuwara Eliya (28th and 29th March)
  • 3 nights in 3*+ hotel in Haputale (30th & 31st March, 1st April)
  • 1 night in 4*+ Sooriya Resort and Spa in Tangalle (2nd April)
  • Breakfast and dinner (29th – 2nd March inclusive). Dinner 28th March, breakfast 3rd April
  • All necessary permits
  • Transfer of luggage between each stage
  • Physical and GPS route marking
  • Water stations with drinking water, fruits etc
  • Full medical support, including qualified doctors
  • Bike wash facilities
  • Post race prize giving ceremony and party (2nd April)
  • Winners trophies
  • Finishers T-shirts, medals and certificates
  • Luxury coach transfer from Sooriya Resort to Negombo (3rd April)

Race reviews
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.
July 2016, Jason Miles - 2016 competitor

The sun was beating down and it was boiling 38c. The humidity was 80% it was going to be a tough day.
June 2016 - San Kapil - 2016 competitor

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