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

Felpham

After returning home from his 1800 mile bicycle tour in Europe, Garry was all set to go into hospital for his second stage hip operation.

Unfortunately, at the pre-operation assessment, he was deemed unfit and not allowed to have the operation! He had a rather large open wound on his foot, and hospitals are reluctant to operate on people with open wounds, especially people that have contracted sepsis in the past! And he now has to wait for the injury to heel before he can be put forward for surgery again!

As a result, he’s sitting at home wrapped in cotton wool, afraid to go out, or do anything! Not quite, but he is being very cautious, mainly as Garry is rather accident-prone and is always injuring himself in some way!

While sitting at home, Garry’s making good use of his time, editing videos from his European tour, for his YouTube channel. He’s also looking at maps and guide books, planning future trips.

You can find out how Garry’s getting on and what he’s up to by looking at his regular updates posted in Garry’s progress.

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

Updated November 2019

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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 shorter rides can be found in the archives section at the bottom of the page click on any month to find out more.

To find out what Garry’s up to 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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