Record-breaking adventurer Mark Beaumont was on hand to open Scotland’s first purpose-built cycle circuit last week, alongside Team Scotland rider Eileen Roe and Provost of Fife Jim Leishman.
Fife Cycle Park is an outdoor, floodlit facility which enables a full range of cycling activities to take place all year round in a traffic-free environment. The 1.6km circuit offers various layout options, with several groups able to use the facility simultaneously.
Speaking at the opening, Mark Beaumont said:
“I’ve really enjoyed opening the Fife Cycle Park today. This is a first for Scotland and a wonderful facility available to everyone, not just skilled cyclists. I believe it will encourage people of all abilities to get on their bikes and have fun.”
British Cycling Chief Executive, Julie Harrington, said:
“Over recent years, we’ve got used to seeing British riders winning titles and medals, and topping podiums at global events. At British Cycling, ensuring that this success inspires people all over the country – regardless of their age or ability – to get on a bike has been crucial, and providing high-quality facilities at which people can build their confidence and skills is a key part of this.
“I’m delighted to see Fife Cycle Park officially open and create a host of new opportunities for the people of the region. The more people on bikes the fitter, healthier and greener our nation will be, so the development of this facility is fantastic to see.”
Sunday’s Scottish National Criterium Championships was the first event to be held at the new circuit, with Mark Robertson and Anna Fairweather claiming victory in the respective men’s and women’s races.
Scottish Cycling will continue to utilise the facility for coaching sessions and training throughout the year, with further high-profile events due to follow.
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