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

Loire Valley and River Rhine Bicycle Tour

Once again, Garry’s taking advantage of the good weather and heading off on his bike. And just for a change, he’s going to France! This time he’s planning to cycle along the Loire, then pick up the Rhine, following EuroVelo routes 6 and 15, which will hopefully take him to Holland. Of course, this might all change!

Garry’s expecting to go into hospital very soon, but with no date at the time of his departure, he’s hoping to complete this tour first!

You can find out where Garry is by visiting Garry’s progress or looking at the map below, which shows where he spends each night.

You can also find out more by following Garry on social media, Facebook. Twitter and Instagram

Updated August 2019

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Latest Posts:

Monday 2nd September. Portsmouth to Bognor Regis. 6 Miles.

Bit of an uncomfortable night trying to sleep on the ferry last night. I’m sure they turn the air conditioning to cold, in a bid to make you get a cabin or a sleeper chair! Docked in Portsmouth on time, although it always seems to take forever getting through passport control these days! I was …

Sunday 1st September. La Possonniere to Caen. 36 Miles.

Caen? Yes you’ve read correctly, Caen! Not a lot of sleep last night, there was a very noisy restaurant down the road, keeping me awake until about 4am! Which meant I was more Mr Grumpy than normal! But to be honest I do have a good excuse for being grumpy today! Early on yesterday morning, …

Saturday 31st August. Nantes to La Possonniere. 60 miles.

Got checked out by the security guard this morning as I was packing away, who obviously thought I shouldn’t have been there! And who could blame him! This Loire cycle route is brilliant and so easy, both on the cycling front and for finding your way. So far it’s been mainly on asphalt or made …

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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2008
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2009
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2010
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2011-12
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2013
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2014
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2015
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2016
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2017
2018
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2019

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