Oli Broom

Cycling to the Ashes
  • Cycling to the Ashes

  • 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.

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.