Sri Lanka, Ceylon, Serendib
...is that special island in the Indian ocean that offers a cocktail
of pristine golden beaches ,blue whales ,leopards , elephants,
green fields & mountains , clear blue streams, dangling
waterfalls ,architectural marvels, blended in spices , cinnamon
and tea and bound in deep rooted philosophy.
When sprinkled with sunshine , exotic landscape and warm Sri
Lankan smiles, It’s the perfect destination for a cycling holiday or
an epic cycling challenge.
When it’s all offered in the size of your palm, it's almost like
magic a miracle ! ‘
- Sri Lankan Cyclist -
Say Cheers !
From the cosmopolitan bustling capital of Colombo to the chilled out surfers paradise in Arugam-Bay in the East Coast, through the party city in the hills of Ella. This one is on winding roads, both up hill and down hill . Made for an easy going cyclist, game for a challenge and a chilled beer to celebrate at the end of it all
Race ACROSS SRI LANKA
#RaceAcrossSriLanka #RASL through #Ella on 1st/2nd July 2023 .
A 330 km slice of Sri Lanka from the cosmopolitan capital of Colombo to
Surfers Paradise Arugam bay through the Party City in the hills of Ella
This ones is a grind on winding roads on day 1 and a unwind on a long
downhills on day 2 , #EcstaticDownhills. The Perfect Race / Ride
experience to build up for Race The Pearl the ultimate 24 Hour Ultra
Endurance Race of the Indian Ocean on the 28th of October .
#RASL is a Race , a Ride , a Party and can easily be converted to a holiday
for your friends and family . While you take on the race or ride , your
supporters, friends and family will either hit the road with you on a
road trip by car or take the Ella Odyssey Epic Train
to welcome you at the midway point . Some will get to Arugam-Bay early
to make sand castle, take surfing lessons or sip beer by the beach till you slowly
get there on a bicycle
Stage 1 - Colombo to ella
Day 1 /200 Km The 3XB Climbs
Riders will start at 5.00 from City Of Colombo at 3 minute interval and rider through Ingiriya,
Ratnapura to take on the climbs
The first 200 kms will challenge the riders with the 3XB climbs , but with a 14 hour cut everyone will make it
B3- Beragala ,
Not forgetting the infamous 7 kms of Haputale (The Big H ) coming after B3 Beragla , which is actually the real
At the peak of Haputale at 1500 meter altitude , you will feel the cold chilly wind and if it rains, it will be perfect
for a roadside warm cup of ginger plain tea to rev you up for the Bandarawela long windy downhill.
A well deserved reward for the hard work . If it rains a extra layer of clothes and covered gloves will keep you warm.
The #PartyInElla and the overnight stay is the motivation that keeps the riders spinning over B1, B2 and B3 and the Big H .
The ones who make it to Ella early, will have a lot to do and see , We don't want o talk about nature.
it's an assured gift in Ella . let's keep that secret for the moment
When in Ella shower, beer ,eat , nap and join the party agin in in the night .
Most know that Ella is good for #goodfood restaurants, a foodie's haven !.
We are anchored at Ella 360 our Race Venue Partner.
Stage 2 - ella to arugam bay
Stage 2 will start with some extra sleep and after breakfast at 8.00 am in 3 minute intervals .
As promised will go straight into an amazing downhill through a view made for a picture postcard though the elephant
terrain in Buttala till we hear the sound of the Ocean of the East Coast , #arugambay. A total of 135 kms.
#raceacrosssrilanka will show a slice of the island like never seen before. From the edges of the Indian
ocean , misty hills over climbs good for a Tour De France and thrilling never ending downhills .
When It's all done you would have ' Raced Across Sri Lanka'.
Some will set records to be broken and go to the hall of fame and others will ride it chill to enjoy the beer.
highlights and fees
Dates - 1st & 2nd July 2023
Total Distance - 330 km
Stagers - 2
Total Elevation - 3.800 Meters
RACE CATEGORIES & FEES
1) SOLO Un-Supported - Individual making a commitment to complete Race Across Sri Lanka .They will ride with no outside support or back up
Early Bird FEE - SLR 12999/- (Race Fee SLR 19,999 )
2) SOLO Supported - The Riders are allowed to have one official Support vehicle with a approved
Early Bird FEE - SLR 19,999/- (Race Fee SLR 29,999)
3) TEAM Relay - A team of 2 riders . Usually Cycling Buddies . Friends & Family , Office Colleges
Rider 1 one will ride Stage 1 and Rider two will ride Stage 2
Early Bird FEE - SLR 29,999/- (Race Fee SLR 39,999)
4) Stage 1 Uphill (200 km) - Take up the 3XB and the Big H from Colombo To Ella
Early Bird - SLR 8900 /-
5) Stage 2 Downhill (135 km) - Tackle the winding downhill and run up to sunny coast of Arugam-Bay
Early Bird - SLR 8900/-
Warning - Study Downhill RisK
We recommend starting by understanding downhilling techniques and practicing braking and cornering . The risk of losing control of your bike on a technical downhill on open roads has to be avoided...
Study the race on strava to understand the technical downhill from Haputalwe to Bandarawela , Ella to Ravana Falls . Practice downhilling technique and remember speed thrills, but it can kill, as we saw in the 2023 Tour De France death of 26 year old Gini Marder Watch this video from Minute 11.25 . on Tips for Downhill Safety.