Sri Lankan Holidays Rumble in the Jungle 2016

Aug 31, 2016
by Phil Evans  
Sri Lankan Holidays Rumble in the Jungle 2016

On June 14th, 37 mountain bikers from 13 different countries congregated in the small jungle village of Kuda Oya, for the start of the 2nd edition of the Sri Lankan Holidays Rumble in the Jungle.

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Sri Lankan Holidays Rumble in the Jungle 2016

The 4 day stage race, would take riders 300km across the tropical island of Sri Lanka, from the steamy jungles of the south, over the highest plateau and back down, finishing in the cultural capital of Kandy.

Only 32 riders would complete the arduous course, with the eventual winner being Topeak-Ergon rider, Yuki Ikeda of Japan. But Rumble in the Jungle is as much about the adventure as it is the racing.

Sri Lankan Holidays Rumble in the Jungle 2016

During the course of the race riders had to endure numerous river crossings, through a terrain home to some of Sri Lanka's wild elephant population.

Sri Lankan Holidays Rumble in the Jungle 2016

They had to brave temperatures into the high 30c's as they negotiated their way through a maze of working tea plantations.

Sri Lankan Holidays Rumble in the Jungle 2016

With winds of up to 100kmph, as they ascended to Horton Plains, the highest plateau on the island at 2100m.

Sri Lankan Holidays Rumble in the Jungle 2016

The adventure finished at the coastal resort of Negombo with one of the Rumble's now legendary beach parties.

Entries are now open for the 2017 event, which takes place from June 11th. Full details can be found at www.theyakattack.com/rumbleinthejungle.


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