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 and cycle-touring.
Despite being middle-aged and overweight, I seem to be able to ride a bike for miles, without any practice or training! And have been cycle-touring around different countries ever since. Work commitments and finances permitting.
I’ve since ridden my bike in over 35 countries across 5 continents! And cycled around the world in 2011/12, for cancer research. And have now cycled over 50,000 miles!
Unfortunately, in July 2018, I ended up with severe sepsis shock, and was put into an induced coma! (Read what happened ) This, as you can imagine, left me unable to ride my bike! But after spending six weeks in the care of my local hospital. Where I also had a temporary hip fitted, I was allowed home.
After a further two months of recovery at home, with much physio, and to-ing and fro-ing from the hospital! I was once again able to get back on my bike and cycle once more. And what a feeling that was!
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!!!