THe final sri lanka recce

This past week the Ultra X team have been in Sri Lanka com­plet­ing the last route checks before the ultramara­thon in April.

The below blog is from co-founder Jam­ie;

We’re proud to report back that the recce was a great suc­cess and we’re very excited about this new race loc­a­tion.

The team set a tar­get of cov­er­ing the full 250 km route for the final time on motor­bikes in 3 days. Seem­ingly easy right? If we could travel at a mere 20 km/h for just 4 hrs per day we would cov­er a sol­id 80km per day! But Sri Lanka and the veget­a­tion had oth­er plans…

The thick rain­forest (often with trees block­ing the path), occa­sion­al hour of mon­soon rain, appear­ance of wild ele­phants on the track and a 15 year old Honda 250cc all meant that we would require, at times, 21 hour days to get the course covered.

On the final ‘jungle stage’ we took the bikes over ter­rain so rough that just hik­ing the route would have been a chal­lenge. At times we spent more than 10 minutes to travel just 100 metres.

We had 7 unsched­uled dis­mounts pick­ing up some pretty good cuts and burns from the Honda’s burn­ing pipes that sat exposed between our legs and heat up to 300+ degrees. They turn skin to mush with a moments touch. When you ride through rivers the pipes turn the water to steam like that from a kettle and our yelps could be heard by nearby vil­lages! It’s fair to say that bod­ies were put on the line to ensure that this course is per­fect!

We came away from the recce with great con­fid­ence in our loc­al team. In total there will be close to 30 crew at Ultra X Sri Lanka (more than one for every two run­ners!).

Pre­lim­in­ary map­ping means that the race breaks down as fol­lows (although these dis­tances are sub­ject to small changes).

Total Ascent: 6,058 ft
Day 1: 37 km
Day 2: 55 km
Day 3: 51 km
Day 4: 67 km
Day 5: 40 km

GPX files are being released to the lucky par­ti­cipants very soon.

 

Final Sri Lanka Recce Ultra X

 

Course recce fin­ished we headed back to swel­ter­ing Colombo for a week­end packed with meet­ings, where we received the enthu­si­ast­ic back­ing of the head of events at the Tour­ism Board (this is cru­cial) and ‘signed’ with the won­der­ful people at Land Rover Sri Lanka with the same deal we have in our oth­er loc­a­tions.

After we met with some key indi­vidu­als in the health and fit­ness scene in Colombo who will be cru­cial in build­ing our loc­al competitor/community base up over the years. We want this event to become an core fix­ture in the Sri Lankan sport­ing cal­en­dar and are enthused by the sup­port it has received so far. We are par­tic­u­larly excited to have 20 loc­al par­ti­cipants tak­ing part in what will be their first ultra!

To con­clude our trip there was an appear­ance on live Sri Lanka’s Sunday Break­fast TV Chan­nel fol­lowed by final hotel inspec­tions in Negombo before jump­ing on the plane for a rare stint in the UK.

Noth­ing excites us more than provid­ing #theul­traX­per­i­ence for our par­ti­cipants and we make every decision based on their likes and needs. We are cus­tom­er obsessed to put it lightly. Detail is everything for us and we exist to revo­lu­tion­ize the ultramara­thon scene. See you out here in April.”

 

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