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 touring for Garry in the foreseeable future!

All year Garry had been in pain waiting for a new hip, but in July the pain became too severe, and Garry got admitted into the hospital!

After many tests and scans, they eventually found the source of pain! There was an abyss on Garry’s hip! But by now the abyss had become so infected Garry had also contracted sepsis!

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

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

Initially, they told Garry that he wasn’t allowed to ride his bike! But after consultation with his specialist she conceded and said that he was allowed to cycle, but be careful!

Garry’s hoping to get the proper hip replacement 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 physically able, he’ll be back touring!

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 November 2018

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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 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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