Cycling to the Ashes: A Cricketing Odyssey from London to Brisbane

Author(s): Oli Broom

Travel Writing

One man, one bike, two Mongoose cricket bats, one tropical disease, 16,000 miles and a lot of dead kangaroos. Oli Broom loves cricket. So much so that in 2009 he left his 9 to 5 in London and set off to cycle to Brisbane for the Ashes. Along the way he played cricket in the shadow of the Blue Mosque, slept in a goat pen in Sudan, dodged a 5-metre crocodile in the outback, battled mountains in sub-zero temperatures in Bulgaria and successfully negotiated the treacherous highways of India. Starring the colourful characters he met on his travels, this is a funny and poignant tale for anyone who's ever dreamt of jacking in the day job to embark on an incredible adventure.


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An epic roadtrip from London to Australia by bike - all for the love of cricket.

"An epic adventure" Bear Grylls "I think it's pathetic he isn't cycling home again" Ian Botham "Completely potty" Aggers

Oli Broom worked as a chartered surveyor until 2009 when he set off overland by bicycle from London to Brisbane. His adventure raised funds for Lord's Taverners and the British Neurological Research Trust. Since hopping off his bike Oli has lived in Rwanda where he was the Project Director of the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation.

General Fields

  • : 9780224091879
  • : Vintage
  • : Yellow Jersey Press
  • : July 2013
  • : 240mm X 156mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : August 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Oli Broom
  • : Hardback
  • : 796.358
  • : 384
  • : 8pp colour plates plus integrated b+w photographs throughout