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.
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.
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.
They had to brave temperatures into the high 30c's as they negotiated their way through a maze of working tea plantations.
With winds of up to 100kmph, as they ascended to Horton Plains, the highest plateau on the island at 2100m.
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