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

Unfortunately, Garry’s not been too well and has had to go back onto Steroids!

In a bid to stave off some of the side effects, i.e. weight gain, he’s decided to head off on another tour.

Still unable to go too far because of his hip, he’s decided to head to Ireland! This will be Garry’s third attempt to cycle Ireland, after the first attempt was cut short because of bad weather and the second one because of ill health, for a change!

You can find out where Garry is by visiting Garry’s progress or looking at the map below, which shows where he spends each night.

You can also find out more by following Garry on social media, Facebook. Twitter and Instagram

Updated July 2019

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Latest Posts:

Monday 15th July. Tramore to Carrigtohill. 64 miles.

I definitely had stayed at that campsite last night, I remembered all the children that were running around, although obviously not the same ones! And the one day I wanted to get an early night, no chance, the little darlings were still running around, screaming and shouting at gone 10 o’clock! Must have been tired …

Saturday 13th July. Llangadog to Fishguard. 67 miles.

That’s the easy part done, now to start the tour! I arrived in Fishguard at around 4pm and immediately went to book onto the first available ferry. Finding the ferry terminal completely deserted and closed I booked online. There’s only two ferries a day, the overnight one that leaves just before midnight, or 1pm tomorrow. …

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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2008
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2009
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2010
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2011-12
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2013
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2014
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2015
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2016
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2017
2018
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2019

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