DUNFERMLINE cycling star Charline Joiner is looking towards the future after announcing her retirement from professional cycling.

The 28-year-old Commonwealth Games silver medalist revealed on Saturday that she would no longer be competing at a professional level and will now work at the Hampden Sports Clinic in Glasgow to help develop a new wave of Scottish cycling stars.

Charline told Press Sport: "It's a great facility and a lot of people don't realise it's there to use. I'll be working there as the in-house personal trainer as I've always loved helping people improve and getting the best out of themselves and being the best they can be. I'll be expanding on my own knowledge and passing on my knowledge and experience in cycling as well."

The Scot is also working with ex-Scotland 7s rugby captain, Colin Gregor, to run Personal High Intensity Training (PHIT) classes at The Sanctuary nightclub in Glasgow.

Charline won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi before competing at the 2014 Games in Glasgow and she is encouraged by the progress being made by Scotland's emerging young talent.

She said: "Since the new track (Sir Chris Hoy Veledrome) was built for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, there have been lots of youngsters coming through and a lot of them performed very well in the Revolution Series this year. They're all doing very well right now – it's hard to keep track of them all!

"I've always had people coming to me asking questions and looking for tips. I've always been there to help and I hope I act as a mentor for the younger Scottish girls, and the boys too."

Her journey in cycling began in 2007 after previously starting off as a gymnast, before a venture into hockey, with injuries curtailing her progress in the sport.

Her cycling career was almost ended prematurely in Spain in 2014 during a training ride crash which saw her fracture three vertebrae in her spine.

But she recovered well and has ended her career on a high with a win at the Pinsent Masons Otley Women's GP in June.

She has no regrets when looking back at her competitive career and is proud of what she's been able to accomplish.

She said: "It's quite sad to retire, as I'll miss it but I've covered everything I wanted to. The highlight was competing in Glasgow and winning silver in Delhi. I've achieved a lot in a short space of time in a wide variety of disciplines. So I'm really pleased."

Charline will continue to help with circuit sessions at MotionFit in Dunfermline on a Tuesday night and Wednesday mornings and nights, and is encouraging those looking for help not to be strangers and to get in touch.

"I always do my best to help someone with advice," she says, "and if anyone has any questions they can reach me on Facebook or on Twitter."