Welcome to my website

My name is Garry McGivern.

In 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 don’t have any intentions of stopping just yet!
In the process of cycling, I’m also trying to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK via my just giving web page www.justgiving.com/Garry-McGivern. Please donate by clicking on the link.  UK residents can text the word “BIKK50 £3” to 70070 to donate £3.

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

Unfortunately, there’ll be no more cycling for Garry in the foreseeable future!

All year Garry had been waiting for a new hip, but in June the pain became too severe, and Garry was taken to the hospital to see what was causing the pain!

After examination, they discovered that there was a couple of abysses on the hip and he also had sepsis!

Garry spent the next five weeks in intensive care while the doctors fought the sepsis and drained the abysses! Read Garry’s account of his time in the hospital here.

Once they’d got the sepsis under control, they decided to remove Garry’s infected hip and give him a temporary spacer in its place!

The downside to having the temporary spacer is that he’s not allowed to ride a bike!

Garry’s hoping to get the spacer removed, and his new hip early next year, although it’ll be another few months before he’s allowed back on the bike.

But rest assured as soon as Garry’s allowed back in the saddle, he’ll be back on the road!

You can still follow Garry on Facebook and Twitter.


Make a donation and get Garry away as soon as he’s recovered; you’ll be doing everyone a favour!

Updated September 2018

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Latest Posts:

World sepsis day

Every 3.5 seconds, someone in the world dies of sepsis. In the UK alone, 44,000 people lose their lives to sepsis every year. This is more than breast, bowel & prostate cancer combined. Today is World sepsis day please spread the symptoms of sepsis far and wide.

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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