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 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!!!

Where’s Garry


After returning home from his 1800-mile bicycle tour in Europe, Garry was all set to go into hospital for his second stage hip operation.

Unfortunately, at the pre-operation assessment, he was deemed unfit and not allowed to have the operation! He had a rather large open wound on his foot, and hospitals are reluctant to operate on people with open wounds, especially people that have contracted sepsis in the past! And he now has to wait for the injury to heel before he can be put forward for surgery again!

As a result, he’s sitting at home wrapped in cotton wool, afraid to go out, or do anything! Not quite, but he is being very cautious. Especially, as Garry is rather accident-prone and is always injuring himself in some way! #ClumsyGarry

While sitting at home, Garry’s making good use of his time, editing videos from his European tour, for his YouTube channel. He’s also looking at maps and guide books, planning future trips.

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 Blog.

For the latest updates follow Garry on social media Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Updated November 2019

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