2 September 2013

SPIN: Weekends on Wheels program launched

| Barcham
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Sporting events, musical bikes, skatepark workshops, and a car-themed rock show can all be found in the newly launched program for SPIN: Canberra’s Weekends on Wheels.

“The General Manager of the Centenary of Canberra, Adam Stankevicius, says that SPIN: Canberra’s Weekends on Wheels will showcase the city’s love of all things that spin throughout four packed weekends.

This is a massive program of events that includes something for everybody—from vintage cars, bicycles, caravans and other vehicles, to Ultimate Frisbee, BMX , wheelchair basketball and, of course, political spin,” Mr Stankevicius said.

“Spin brings new and existing Canberra events under the one umbrella in October, such as the National Trust Centenary of Canberra Rally, the 2013 24-Hour Mountain Bike Championships and the Invitational Australian Skateboarding Championships. I encourage everybody to go to the website and start planning their month.”

The program can be found at www.spinweekend.com.au.

Highlights of the program include:

Belcopalooza: Nike X SBA 2013 Australian Pro/Am Invitational Skateboarding Championships – 5 October
The cream of Australian amateur and professional skateboarders compete for $18,000 in prize money at Australia’s biggest and best outdoor skateboard park. .

2013 Scott 24-Hour Mountain Bike Championships – 5-6 October
More than 2500 riders and 8000 spectators will take part in the 15th staging of the oldest and original 24-hour mountain bike race in Australia.

Willowglen 4×4 Challenge – 5-6 October
More than 20 teams from 4WD clubs in NSW and the ACT compete in stages that test both driver and navigator skill and vehicle capability.

Canberra Roller Derby League – 12 October
Canberra Roller Derby League presents a thrilling doubleheader in which the Vice City Rollers A and B squads face off against interstate rivals. Ranked high in the 2013 national competition, the local squads promise an unmissable night of flat track roller derby mayhem.

2013 Wembo World Solo 24-Hour Mountain Bike Championships – 12-13 October
From more than 20 countries, more than 400 riders are competing for the world title at Stromlo Forest Park on 12-13 October. The defending champions, Australia’s Jason English and Jessica Douglas, will make Wembo special in 2013.

12th World Solar Challenge Vehicle Display – 18 October
The grounds of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will be open to the public from 10am-4pm to view the new energy neutral Embassy building and the three solar vehicles used by the three Dutch teams in the World Solar Challenge, a biennial 3000km competition for solar powered vehicles. This year teams raced from Darwin to Adelaide.

Museum of the Long Weekend – 18-20 October
The Museum of the Long Weekend celebrates recreation, holidays and relaxation. A convoy of about 40 vintage caravans has travelled to Canberra from all over Australia. It is a living and travelling museum of leisure culture, exhibited in and around vintage caravans and presented by their owners in collaboration with artists.

Spin Saturday – 19 October, 12pm-10pm
This is a day of performances, installations and artworks that are car themed or created from cars, where the stories of Canberra will be viewed from behind the wheels of our favourite vehicles. It’s family fun from 12pm to7pm, with adults invited to kick on until 10m.

The Canberra Pursuit – 18 October
A choreographed spectacle of sound, speed and light created by composer Jon Rose from around 80 specially-hacked bicycles. Jon is one of Australia’s most inventive composers and the recipient of the 2012 Don Banks Award recognising sustained contributions to Australian musical life.

Hub Capital – 19-20 October
Hub Capital is a community celebration of all things that spin in the capital. Hubs around the city come alive with a wide variety of participatory workshops, come-and-try events and expert demonstrations. The hubs include Lakeside, Woden, Inner North, Fairbairn and Kingston.

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