Welcome to my website

My name is Garry McGivern.

In December 2007 I lost my wife to breast cancer, aged only 42.

To say thank you to the local hospice that cared for her (St Wilfred’s) and keep myself occupied I decided to go on a charity cycle ride from Spain to England.

After completing this first cycle ride, I found that I’d got a real taste for long distance cycling.

Despite being middle-aged, overweight, drinking far too much and overeating, I seem to be able to ride a bike for miles without any training and have been cycling around different countries ever since, whenever I have the opportunity to, work commitments and finances permitting.

I’ve since cycled in over 35 countries and covered over 50,000 miles and certainly didn’t have any intentions of stopping!

Unfortunately, in July 2018, I contracted sepsis! (Read what happened ) And was unable to ride a bike!

But after spending six weeks in the care of my local Hospital, where I also had hip replacement surgery, I was allowed home.

After a further two months of recovery at home, I was once again able to get back on my bike and cycle once more!

I have set up this website so people can follow my progress; please click on any of the links to find out more.

I hope you enjoy the ride!!!

Where’s Garry

Garry’s back at home recovering from his brief trip to France earlier on in March.

After managing to cycle to Paris and back in four days, Garry returned home in a lot of pain! And spent the next week recovering! Maybe he overdid it, or maybe he’s just not as fit as he used to be, who knows! Whatever it was Garry didn’t mind as he really enjoyed being away and is itching to get back in the saddle once again!

But for the next few weeks, he’s grounded while he babysits cats, his daughter and Julie, who are both away! And as sod’s law would have it, in that time he only has the one hospital appointment!

You can still find out what Garry up to by visiting Garry’s progress.

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Updated March 2019

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Latest Posts:

Monday 15th April. Adgestone to Bognor Regis. 13 miles.

Not a lot going on today and as predicted I did end up getting the train home! I don’t enjoy the ride home from Portsmouth at the best of times, so I’m certainly not going to battle against some strong headwind, if I don’t have to! Sad news on the accident I mentioned yesterday. Apparently …

Sunday 14th April. Brockenhurst to Adgestone. 30 miles.

One thing that I forgot to mention yesterday, I actually remembered to check my tyres before setting off! Fresh but sunny start to the day Late start early finish today! I didn’t leave the New Forest until 10 and was all set up for the night by 3.30pm. And 40-minutes of that was on a …

Saturday 13th April. Bognor Regis to Brockenhurst. 60 miles.

Finally after three weeks of looking after cats and dogs I’m free of all duties and able to go away! Passepartout in Lee-on-Solent Although it’s been a bit of a tie it’s not really been a problem and I’ve enjoyed looking after Toby, Murphy and Wilson. Originally I was going to go away for a …

Previous Trips

All Garry’s previous trips in year order, over 50,000 miles cycled in 40 countries and five continents since 2008. Click on any picture to find out where Garry cycled in that year.

Garry has also completed plenty of smaller rides, but being under 500 miles he doesn’t tend to put them here. These smaller rides are in the archives section at the bottom of the page click on any month to find out more.

To find out where Garry is at the moment look in Garry’s Progress at the top of the page.

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