Cycling to the Ashes
A Cricketing Odyssey From London to Brisbane
An epic roadtrip from London to Australia by bike - all for the love of cricket.
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.
Praise for Cycling to the Ashes
Oli Broom loves cricket so much he cycled from Lord's to Sydney to watch the Ashes. His book is rather marvellousStephen Fry
Much more than a world cycle tour ... brilliantAll Out Cricket
An epic adventureBear Grylls
I think it's pathetic he isn't cycling home againIan Botham
A moving, well-paced and thrilling story of the most noble of all gap yearsDaniel Norcross, The Cricketer
I didn't like it; I loved it ... a cracking readTim Brooke-Taylor
If you love cricket, cycling, adventure, travel and sobbing - read this book!Jim Carter, Downton Abbey actor and chairman of Hampstead Cricket Club
Oli's enthusiasm made even me consider getting back on a bike againMike Brearley
A funny and poignant tale for anyone who’s ever dreamt of jacking in the day job for an adventureWestern Morning News
The book is a very readable and often funny account of an unusual adventure on a bikeCycling World