In 2009, England hosted Australia for the Ashes, a major cricket tournament the two countries have played regularly since 1882. Soon after it ended, English fan Oli Broom quit his job as a real estate agent and began biking from London to Australia, where the Ashes would be taking place in 2010.
Over the next 13 months, Broom cycled 15,500 miles across Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia with a cricket bat in tow. He raised $50,000 for charity along the way and played pick-up games with cricketers in 20 countries. Below, Oli shares the story of his year-and-change as a roving ambassador of the sport.
And yes: England won.