About the author:

Tejvan organises short-distance running and cycling races for the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in his home city of Oxford. He is also a very good cyclist, having won the National hill climb championships in 2013 and finished 3rd in the National 100 Mile Time Trials in 2014.

Sri Chinmoy was a keen sportsman throughout his life. As a teenager he was an excellent sprinter, becoming champion of his Indian Ashram community.

In the US, he took up ultra distance running, and starting in the 1980s, he also took up weightlifting (see: Inspiration-Lifts)

In the late 1970s, Sri Chinmoy also took part in three 24 hour cycle races, in Central Park, New York. These are a few photos from that period.


Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team.

In 1978, Sri Chinmoy completed 230 miles. 197 members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre also entered, completing a total of 38,605 miles.


Equipped with an early model of a speedometer.


Many members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre also took part in the race. In 1978 Ashrita Furman  cycled 405 miles, finishing 3rd man, and Pragati  completed 305 miles finishing first place for women.



Photos by Bhashwar, Sri Chinmoy Centre.

Sri Chinmoy's 24 Hour Cycle Rides

  • 1977 - 175 miles
  • 1978 - 230 miles
  • 1979 - 160 miles. That year, Sri Chinmoy had taken up marathon running as well, running 3:55:07 in March 25th Toledo, Ohio

Sri Chinmoy published a book 'My Cycling' in August 2007.