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 still at home recovering from sepsis and hip replacement that he had back in July 2018.

The recovery is going really well, and he’s back on his bike nearly every day. In fact, the recovery is going so well, that, at the end of October he tried to go away on tour, but only managed to cycle 60-miles.

After failing to get away, Garry wasn’t too upset, he took great heart in the fact that he still managed to cycle 60-miles. Considering he was initially told that he wasn’t allowed to cycle at all, he was very pleased!

Garry’s still trying to get away but doesn’t seem to have any time, every week he’s either off to the hospital or doctors!

Hopefully, though, he will be able to get away before he has to go back into the hospital for a further operation on his hip!

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 follow Garry on Facebook. Twitter and Instagram

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Updated January 2019

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Latest Posts:

Friday 22nd March. Portsmouth to Bognor Regis. 32 miles.

Haha, what an idiot! No wonder I’ve found this ride a bit hard going, especially yesterday and I don’t mean because of the distance! I discovered today, although I’ve been thinking about it all week, but kept forgetting, I must check my tyre pressures! Well, I eventually did today! No wonder I’ve found it hard …

Wednesday 20th March. Paris to Pacy-s-Eure. 61 miles.

Well that was an enjoyable day, hard work but enjoyable! There’s been some pretty steep climbs, as well as some long climbs that went on forever! Paris was fun first thing this morning, although I must admit there was definitely something a bit different! It just didn’t feel the same, whether it was because I’ve …

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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