Oli Broom made it in time for the opening Ashes Test at The Gabba

Oli Broom made it in time for the opening Ashes Test at The Gabba

Posted: Nov 25, 2010 06:53 am EST

Mission accomplished

Oli Broom reached his goal yesterday by making it in time for the opening Ashes Test at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia. He made it after cycling 25 000 kilometres (15 500 miles) during 14 months from England. He was met at Gabba by his parents and the England captain Andrew Strauss, who presented him with a signed shirt. In an interview with the local media, he said:

"I have pedalled through 23 countries, have had a hit of cricket in all but three of them (including Serbia, Turkey, Sudan and Malaysia), and have so far managed to persuade kind donors to raise over $50,000 for my chosen charities

Dangerous snakes

Since we last heard from him, 20 days ago, he has cycled 1700 kilometres along the Australian East Coast together with a friend, Laci.

"Whenever I tell people Im cycling through Australia they always say be careful of snakes, or be careful of spiders, or to be careful of something else. Its true, Australia is like Jurassic Park, but happily this is the first snake Ive seen here. It was dead when I found it, likely run over by a 53 metre road train."

£30,000 donation

Oli will now donate the £30,000 he raised by doing this trip to the British Neurological Research Trust and the Lords Taverners, the charity dedicated to grass-roots cricket. Oli Brooms says:

"I was inspired by a school friend who became paralysed from the chest down after hitting his head on a sand bank while ducking a wave on holiday in 2005."

300 000 cycle rickshaws

Reading Oli´s blog has been entertaining and informative. Especially his reflections whilst sitting in the saddle hour after hour in pouring rain or blazing sun. On one occasion, when seeing the 1700 kilometre sign to his goal in Brisbane, he wrote on his blog:

"I thought about everything Ive done since leaving London. From the young Frenchman who gave me his grandmothers vegetables on my only morning in France to the Eritrean refugees we stayed with in Khartoum; the German mountain biker who set me a treasure hunt on my way out of Frankfurt; my first evening in Turkey cycling into the former capital, Edirne to the sound of the sunset call to prayer; pedalling into Dhaka amongst 300,000 cycle rickshaws; my first view of the Bay of Bengal; four weeks of getting naked to dry my clothes in countless Turkish petrol stations; dusk encounters with packs of wild dogs on the Anatolian plateau; sleeping in army barracks, police stations and shops; tasting countless national dishes; listening to 12 lions devour a bush pig outside my banda in Kenya; cycling out of Damascus in the snow; climbing Mount Longonot, high above the Great Rift Valley; sleeping under the milky way in the Nubian Desert; practising my laughing club moves with the Calcutta Communist Party on election day (they lost); dancing with a TV stars bodyguard in a Khartoum music store; negotiating Ramadan in Malaysia; Aussie steak and Bundaberg Rum in Jakarta; sailing into Darwin harbour after seven days at sea; reading books under moonlit outback skies and thats just for starters."

Oli Broom (29) grew up in Cookham, Berkshire (UK) and went to school in Buckinghamshire and then Oxford. In 2003, I graduated from Durham University, where I studied French and Spanish.

His Cycling To The Ashes journey has 3 very clear aims he says on his website:

1. Beginning on 10 October 2009, to cycle approximately 25,000km solo and unsupported from Lord's Cricket Ground, London, to Brisbane Cricket Ground ("The Gabba") in time to see England play Australia in the first Ashes Test Match of the 2010/11 series, in November 2010.

2. To play, promote and teach cricket in schools, youth projects and clubs in up to 28 countries that I cycle through on my route.

3. To raise £100,000 for my two chosen charities the British Neurological Research Trust and The Lord's Taverners.

Olis route since he started October 10, 2009 in England from Lords Cricket Ground to Dover where he took the ferry to Northern France: England, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, India, Bangladesh and Thailand. Malaysia, Indonesia and a boat ride to Darwin, Australia lie ahead.

From Darwin Ill pedal towards the red centre on the Stuart Highway. I will turn off at Tennant Creek where Ill cycle east towards Mount Isa and Longreach. Brisbane will be in my sights now, as I pedal my hardest to reach the city for the beginning of the Ashes at the end of November!

Oli is using a P50, Solar Feather and Survivor to charge his equipment to update his website.


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Oli Broom reached his goal yesterday by making it in time for the opening Ashes Test at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia. He reached it after cycling 25 000 kilometers (15 500 miles) during 14 months from England. He was met at Gabba by his parents and the England captain Andrew Strauss, who presented him with a signed shirt.
Image by PA Courtesy Daily Telegraph courtesy PA Courtesy Daily Telegraph, SOURCE
"Whenever I tell people Im cycling through Australia they always say be careful of snakes, or be careful of spiders, or to be careful of something else."
Image by Oli Broom courtesy Oli Broom, SOURCE
Good girls. I wish more good-looking, cheerful female drivers stopped for a chat.
Image by Oli Broom courtesy Oli Broom, SOURCE
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