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Cory Wallace and the legend of Rumble In The Jungle

Cory Wallace is a renown cycling champion. Hailing from Canada, Cory is a pro mountain biker with quite a number of titles under his belt. Among his most recent, is winning the World Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships. To put things into perspective, this is where an approximate 300 riders from 30 countries took part in a 380km cycle race. Cory grabbed the championship recording 23 hours and 48 minutes to complete the race. But why are we talking about Cory Wallace? Well, it just so happens he is in Sri Lanka right now. Why? Rumble In The Jungle.

What the heck is Rumble In The Jungle?

For those of you don’t know, Rumble In The Jungle is an annual cycling event that stretches out 4 days. But this isn’t your ordinary cycling race. Rumble In The Jungle involves cycling enthusiasts from all over Sri Lanka and beyond, fight their way over humid jungles, river crossings, tea plantations and mountain hills, among many other challenges.

Rumble In The Jungle | Cory Wallace

(Image Credits: Malshan Gunawardene)

A few days back, we saw a bunch of cyclists from all ages gather at the Spinner Cafe in Thalawathugoda. Of course this also included Cory Wallace. This gathering was for a briefing session on what Rumble In The Jungle 2017 will be all about. As you’d expect, Cory offered prospective participants a prelude on what to expect at the 4 day race.

Rumble In The Jungle 2017: What you need to know

Registrations for the race will happen on the 11th of June at the Catamaran Beach Hotel, Negombo Beach. So, if you’re planning on joining in, make sure you head over to the hotel between 10.00 AM and 3.00 PM to get registered. The following day, riders will gather at Catamaran at 7.00 AM for a coach transfer to Kuda Oya.

Taking the path less traveled, this year’s race will kick off on the 13th of June with Cory Wallace taking the lead. The race will start from Kuda Oya and will finish off in Kandy, in 4 stages.


The race will begin on the flat southern plains of Sri Lanka. The journey from Kuda Oya to Haputale requires riders to tackle a jungle that awaits dense vegetations, river crossings and even blood thirsty leeches and jungle ticks. Once making it out of the jungle, the track takes you to a near 30km climb to the highest point of the day at 1650m. Afterwards which, is all downwards all the way to Haputale.

Cory Wallace | Rumble In The Jungle

(Image Credits: The Yak Attack)

Lipton’s Loop

The 2nd stage will involve you going around Haputale throughout the day. Well, Lipton’s Seat to be accurate. Here, the ride starts off with a 500m ascent, followed by a 1200m decent over 16km. A challenging 700m climb will be followed by another 500m climb. At this point, riders would be approximately 1850m above sea level. Finally, the route will take the riders in a descent back to Haputale through the tea plantations.

Gamini De Silva memorial stage

This starts off with a 17km, 1300m climb. At 2100m, chances are temperature might drop dramatically and the particular area is known to be shrouded in mist. The entirety of the ride involves Bambarakanda waterfall, Horton Plains and a 17km ascent to Nuwara Eliya.

Cory Wallace | Rumble In The Jungle

(Image Credits: The Yak Attack)

Down Time

As the name suggests, the final stage of Rumble In The Jungle mostly involves taking a ride down hill. Coming out of Nuwara Eliya includes a 20km, 900m descent. This will be followed up with a 8km, 500m ascent starting from the Bluefield Tea plantation. The next 48km will be all down hill with a 1100m drop. The race will finally come to an end in Kandy.

Rumble In The Jungle | Cory Wallace

All set for Rumble In The Jungle 2017 (Image Credits: Malshan Gunawardene)

But it doesn’t end there though. On the 17th of June, the riders will take the train to Negombo, where they will gather at the Catamaran Beach Hotel for the closing ceremony. Here, the champions of Rumble In The Jungle 2017 will be announced.



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