The circular roads around Parliament House have inspired a Canberra cyclist to create the ultimate Star Wars tribute on tracking app Strava.
Canberra cyclist Andrew Collins marked International Star Wars Day last week (May the Fourth) with a clever bike ride through Barton, Forrest, Parkes and Deakin - resulting in a near-perfect outline of The Millennium Falcon spaceship.
While he originally wanted to create an outline of the Death Star, Collins - captain of the Vikings Cycling Club - saw that the circles around Parliament House were more suited to Han Solo's Millennium Falcon.
"I saw the goat that someone had drawn on Strava in Perth a couple of months ago and thought 'something needs to be done in Canberra'," Collins said.
"So with a bit of creative stop-starting, I mapped out the Millennium Falcon."
Collins admitted he had an unfair advantage when it came to mapping - he spends his days working with spatial data as an information analyst for PSMA (Public Sector Mapping Agencies) Australia.
The Millennium Falcon route took Collins about 40 minutes to complete on his road bike, at a total distance of 17.4km.
"I had to do a bit of off-roading up a dirt path between the Canberra Yacht Club and the embassies on Empire Circuit," he laughed.
The ride is now available to Canberrans and visitors to the capital via the Strava app.
Collins said the worldwide response to his Star Wars tribute had already inspired him to map out other creative routes for special events.
We can't wait to see what he comes up with next.
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