THERE is no doubt that the Benarty area is now a real hub for cycling.

The opening of the Fife Cycle track, at Glencraig, on Wednesday, was hailed by Scotland's best known adventure cyclist, Mark Beaumont, as a facility which is going to give everyone the chance to develop their skills on two wheels.

And he made the point by encouraging people such as Provost Jim Leishman to 'get on his bike' on Wednesday along with a group of youngsters from the Sunflower Nursery, who were quickly showing that there is a group of talented young bikers coming through who can use the new track.

The track is only one part of the cycling story though. There is also the fantastic facilities at Lochore Meadows Country Park.

Mountain Biking is a popular activity and the tracks at the Meedies are used for a number of important races on the Scottish calendar.

Also people are able to use these tracks with their own machines so between the two facilities it will definitely attract people to the district and at the same time offer up the opportunity for local people to get involved in an activity that will improve their fitness and wellbeing.

So the investment in both the Cycle Park and the Meedies is something which will help the economy of the Cowdenbeath-Lochgelly area considerably and provide different options for physical activity for local people and has to be warmly welcomed