A 500-miles bike ride is a challenge at the best of times, but when it includes a lot of up-and-downy bits in our spectacular Hill Country in the heat of the mid-day sun—respect!

It’s a prospect that will confront a party of 21 hardy Bicycle Adventure Club stalwarts (pictured below in Portugal) when they arrive on January 14 for a tour that begins in Marawila and ends in Galle two weeks later.

“Over 15 days/14 nights, we will circle the island, cycling 500 miles and climbing 24,000 feet, on road-bike friendly roads with full support from SpiceRoads.

“The English coined the word ‘serendipity’ to describe the beauty of Sri Lanka, a teardrop shaped island overflowing with tea and spices and lovely beaches and high hill top stations and we will see much of it covering 500 miles and climbing 24,000 feet in 15 day/14 nights .

“Marco Polo called Sri Lanka the world’s finest island, noting how it has seduced travellers for centuries. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, its palm-fringed beaches are teeming with coconut trees and other exotic fruits while its in-land jungles are home to elephants, leopards and rare endemic bird life.”

The challenge of 500 miles in ten days and climbing 24,000 feet means time off for recovery and some welcome R&R to enjoy small roadside markets with plenty of photo opportunities.

Not least will be historic Galle Fort, where they can mingle with the denizens of Galle Literary Festival and chill out on Unawatuna beach before departing for Colombo and their flight home.

Check out the full itinerary here.

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