Cyclists from US and UK take the challenge to Race The Pearl
Covers 600 kms within 24 hours; is international qualifier for Race Across America
Fifth edition of Race The Pearl to promote Cycling Tourism in Sri Lanka
Colombo Sri Lanka October 26 th 2002: The fifth edition of Race The Pearl, a 24-hour race that
covers the entire length of 600 kilometres of Sri Lanka from top to bottom, will take place on
the 5th of November, 2022. Setting off from Point Pedro to Dondra Head. Race The Pearl will
see ten cyclists – one from the United States of America, three from Great Britain, one from
France and five Sri Lankans, lead the challenge of covering the distance, with over 40 more
cyclists expected to join in teams, relay-style.
Beginning from Point Pedro which is the northernmost point of Sri Lanka, the route will consist
five stages before it reaches the finishing point in Dondra Head, the southernmost tip of Sri
Significantly, Race The Pearl’ has been included as a qualifier for the upcoming RAAM (Race
Across America), a globally renowned ultra-distance road cycling race that covers over 4,800
kilometres of the USA from west coach to east coast. Race The Pearl is one of many high-octane
mini ultra-distance road cycling races RAAM organisers have selected as a fitting event to name
as a qualifier.
According to the Race Director and Organiser of Race The Pearl Yasas Hewage, the ten riders
will cycle from start to finish without a break as they are in pursuit of earning qualification
points for the RAAM.
“Other cyclists, perhaps 40 or more, will join the Race The Pearl as relay participants. They will
race in phases and in different groups or as individuals, through the course of 24 hours,”
The organisers will provide a ‘Visit Sri Lanka – White Rider Jersey’ to all registered participants
prior to race day, but what follows depends on the achievements of the competitors. All those
who complete the race within the cutoff time of 30 hours are guaranteed with a Finisher T-
shirt, and all competitors who reach the finishing line within the race time (24 hours) will
receive a Medal of Grit. The 24-hour Solo and 24-hour Team Race athletes are eligible to earn
the prestigious Pearl Jersey by beating the race time, which is considered the ultimate
During the course, the riders are set to endure the challenges of the head winds of Elephant
Pass, the elevation of Laggala, exciting downhills, sun and rain as well as possible elephant
encounters while pushing through the final part of the race in the night. Race The Pearl will be
an unforgettable experience to all riders, mainly from overseas, who are guaranteed diverse
natural terrains and riding textures in this island nation.
Race The Pearl is organised by Spinner Cycling, the organising and mechanical partner of
Ironman 70.3 Colombo and Around The Pearl in 10 Days, another similar cycling experience.
Race The Pearl is endorsed and supported by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau, which
expects to farther the #VisitSri Lanka and #SaveTheSriLankanSmile campaigns to the world
through the cycling experience. These efforts are strengthened with an international promotional
drive by hospitality partner Antiquity.
Over the years, Race The Pearl has had cyclists participate from the United Kingdom, USA,
Australia, Mexico, Kyrgyzstan, Germany, France and a growing participation from Sri Lanka.
Hewage added: “The Ironman 70.3 franchise brought a USD 3 million economic impact within a
week setting the benchmark for sports tourism and through Race the Pearl, expectations are
afoot to build the segment of ‘Race Vacations’, as part of promoting ‘Cycling Tourism’ in Sri
Race the Pearl, an authentic Sri Lankan event has partners that promote the race
internationally with MAS Kreeda providing the rider jersey, and local products with
international reach including Samahan Swastha Amurthaya for immunization and detoxing, and
Sidddalepa Pain Relief Spray for aches and pains, adding great value to the riders.
Race The Pearl also supports the Micro and SME sectors with over 200 room nights along the
route as well as food and beverage purchases in partnership with ‘Genie’. Celebration partner,
“Is there a Lion in you?” will welcome all riders at the finish line for a much deserved awards
celebration. Pulse is Digital Media Partner and YesFM Radio Partner.
Race The Pearl can be followed on www.racethepearl.com on Facebook and Instagram.
Photo caption as follows:
- Former Team Relay Rider, Race The Pearl, Jonquil Nichol
- Relay Rider, Race The Pearl, Naleer Mohomad
- Race Organizer/Finisher, Race The Pearl, Yasas Hewage
- Director Events, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Prasad Daluwatta
- Chairman/CEO, Antiquity, Sanjaya Dahanaggamaarachchi