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 to 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, 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.

I have set up this website so people can follow my progress; please click on any of the links to find out more or subscribe to my blog for the latest updates.

I hope you enjoy the ride!!!

Where’s Garry

Where’s Garry? After a somewhat disastrous year in 2021! Garry’s currently stuck at home waiting to go into hospital!

In July 2021, Garry went into the hospital to have his temporary hip replaced with a permanent one. It had been a long-awaited operation after having the temporary hip fitted in 2018! Unfortunately, the operation didn’t go according to plan! And Garry ended up with an infected hip, the same infection that had led to Garry having the temporary hip fitted in the first place! Garry then spent the rest of the year in and out of the hospital! With the surgeons trying to control the infection!

Despite the hospitals best efforts, they just couldn’t get rid of the infection! And he even managed to pick up a new bug, Pseudomonas! In the end, after a further two operations, many antibiotics, and weeks in hospital! The hospital decided that the only option was to remove the hip and replace it with a temporary one! Back to where he was in July last year! Although not quite. In July, Garry was in a lot of pain after his temporary hip had served its purpose and needed replacing anyway!

Garry is due back in hospital in early 2022. And after having the temporary hip fitted, he will have to remain in the hospital for several weeks while undergoing an intensive course of antibiotics! But all being well, Garry hopes to be up and running or rather cycling by Spring!

You can follow Garry’s progress on social media, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. Alternatively, subscribe to Garry’s blog to receive news and updates. You will also be the first to hear when Garry’s off on tour.

Where’s Garry web page updated January 2022

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May-2022 Cycling Video; Episode-1

After nearly a year without cycling or cycling of any distance, Garry’s finally up to venturing a little further and is heading down to the New Forest. And of course, he recorded his progress to post on YouTube. It’s Garry’s May-2022 Cycling Video; Episode-1. As said earlier, this will be Garry’s first long-distance ride for …