Brian saddles up for transatlantic adventure

FORMER chief fire officer Brian Murray has climbed into the saddle to begin preparations for a bike-based challenge in aid of the children’s charity of rugby.

Brian discovered a love for long-distance cycling after completing a 30-year career with the British Fire Service and will be putting his new passion to the test when he takes part in the 4,300-mile Trans-Am Bike Race – a self-supported cycle from Astoria, Oregon, on the Pacific coast to Yorktown, Virginia, on the Atlantic coast.

The ride, which takes place in June 2018 and should take Brian around 25 days to complete, is being completed in aid of Wooden Spoon Devon and The Fire Fighters Charity.

The keen cyclist’s preparations are well and truly underway, with Brian currently taking on the “Le Jog” Land’s End-to-John O’Groats ride (pictured below) which clocks in at 926.6 miles and features 47,230 feet of climbing.

You can keep up-to-date with Brian’s progress at or on Instagram at

To make a donation towards Brian’s amazing two-wheeled odyssey, visit