TheRickshaw Run Sri Lanka
Crossing Sri Lanka in a powered wheelbarrow
The Rickshaw Run Sri Lanka
The Rickshaw Run Sri Lanka. We initially thought it was going to be a stepping stone to the Indian Rickshaw Run, but it’s far more than that.
Upon realising that the Rickshaw Run was the best thing since someone let the milk go off and cheese was born, we thought it was about time its tentacles spread around the globe. Sri Lanka was the next logical country.
Rammed with wildlife, beaches, jungles, amazing food, some of the nicest people on the planet, and possible most importantly – rickshaws, it seemed stupid not to. It’s now firmly on our map, is a resounding success and very bloody happy we are with it too.
All of this pretty much guarantees something will go wrong. Which is where you find out what you're really made of. Hopefully it's stern stuff.
Some of the off-road tracks in Sri Lanka are properly gnarly. Thankfully, with a mere 198cc at your command, this should mean you get utterly stuffed.
It’s pretty easy too. We’ll supply you with a digital pimping template. You can then use photoshop or some other graphics editing software to decorate said design. If you’re not too handy with a computer then you can print the template out and decorate it with crayons, marker pens or bodily fluids if needs be. Once you’re done then scan the printout or take a photo of it and send it back to us.
We’ll then get our graphic designer in India to make it into a wrap and bam, one pimped rick. Very detailed designs can sometimes get a bit lost. Best to go big, and bold. Like Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson.
Bear in mind, they’ll very often take the designs exactly as they come too, which means if you make a mistake, they will copy it exactly and make the same mistake, just bigger.
Because this adventure is in its infancy we're still working on the perfect start line. In 2018 we tested out a couple of great locations that were good, but not perfect. In 2019 we'll test a couple more so by 2020 we'll have found a permanent venue.
The Run will finish deep in the south of the island. The exact route you take is up to you. Because this is an unsupported adventure, it'll be up to you to etch your own way into the map.
Getting there and home
Sri Lankan Visa - Many nationalities can buy this in advance and it costs just $35. More information on how this works and if you need them here.
Travel & Medical Insurance - You'll need appropriate travel insurance that covers you for exactly what you're doing and exactly where you're going. We wouldn't scrimp on this one, we might make light of the dangers in our writing, but they're very real.
Fuel, Food and Lodging
A room will likely cost you something around the £20 mark for something basic, and £50 for something with a pool, the smell of freshly laundered sheets and a minibar full of cold beer.
Petrol's cheap, around 50 English pence per litre.
You can get a rough idea of prices in Sri Lanka here.Here.
03.What you get for your money
A once state-of-the-art three-wheeled Bajaj auto-rickshaw, with all the paperwork necessary for you to take it on public roads.
Two days of test driving, pimping, mechanical sessions and a Q&A evening for you to familiarise yourself with your vehicle and what you are about to take on.
A ruddy good knees up and launch ceremony befitting of the brave fools about to take on the whole of Sri Lanka in a crap rickshaw.
Offering the best and worst that Sri Lanka can throw at you and all the stories and glory that go with it.
A rousing welcome when you finish, and a bar for you to share your stories with each other. Topped off with a grand finish party.
A shiny blog and tracking map where you can upload your location, messages and photos while you are on the road.
Support from our team of experts to advise you how to get to the start line, the best outfits for the parties and the best biscuits to pair with Ceylon tea.