About the author:

Nirbhasa is originally from Ireland but currently lives in Reykjavik, Iceland. He is an enthusiastic multi-day runner, having completed four times the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race - the longest race in the world.

Hill climbs are one of the two main disciplines in the UK amateur cycling calendar (the other being time trials). To mark the 2021 British National Hill Climb championships at the beginning of October, a new documentary by Maciek Tomiczek celebrating the world of hill climbing was released called Surfing The Line. Among other cycling luminaries, the documentary features extensive interview and cycling footage of our very own Tejvan Pettinger, the 2013 winner of the British National Hill Climb championships. Here is an excerpt from Tejvan's interview:

The way i think of it is, we are much more than the body. The mind, the body, the heart and the soul. The mind and the body can be suffering, but there is another part of you, the soul, or whatever you want to call it, that is getting great joy… And for me, its also a way to experience some kind of self-enquiry, to learn more about this deeper part of ourself.