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The few. The proud. The Centurions

Posted by on June 18th, 2007 at 11:58 am

Zoobomb Century
Competitors begin another run.
(File photo)

Yesterday was the annual Zoobomb Century.

During the Metro-wide Sushi Ride we made an ambassadorial stop to check out the action. During our short time on the hill, I snapped a few photos and got a sense for what this epic contest is all about.

On our MAX ride up to Washington Park we saw J-Roq pedaling his mini-bike feverishly alongside our train. Dressed in full lycra, he boarded our train, whipped out his official Zoobomb Map, and tallied up his miles.

Zoobomb Century
Eventual winner, Gabe Amadeus.
(File photo)

The idea is simple. First racer to accumulate 100 miles wins (MAX rides don’t count). If you think it’s easy, think again. Remember these are tiny bikes and the competition is fierce. Participants do an average of 20-25 runs down any combination of hills. It is a test of courage, stamina, skills, and sanity.

The winner of the day, and King Centurion, was Gabe Amadeus Tiller. In this photo of his highly-modified mini, you’ll notice not just the aerodynamic fairing, but the very low handlebar grips (they’re pink, in bottom right corner of photo). Believe it or not he grabs those grips, just inches from the ground, during his descents.

It is quite a spectacle. For more shots of the action, and the characters that took part, check out the slideshow below.

Created with Paul’s flickrSLiDR.

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  • felix June 18, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    \”Cupcake – 3.8 miles – 2 runs – hit car non life threatening\” Best thing on the leader board!


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  • revphil June 18, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    what? this article is not tagged in your racing category?

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  • Jonathan Maus / BikePortland June 18, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    it is now.

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  • BURR June 18, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    Congrats to all the finishers, the almost finishers, the not even close to finishing, and the camp followers and hangers on who made this event happen! I hope everyone who was injured heals quickly, and those MAX exclusions (for riding on the train platform) will be up in a month! And thanks to everyone who donated time, food, prizes, etc., y\’all rock!!!

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  • gabriel amadeus June 18, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    ah, and here a few results….

    #2 – Tom Rolf (he really needs a nickname)
    #3 – J-Roc / Team Hulk
    #4 – TIE!!!! Annarex it (Team Hulk) & OMG Skatebomb! WTF Casey from eastside crew skated 100 miles and came in 4th overall. Insanity!

    I don\’t remember, but we had 5-6 other centurions finish before the night was over. Good times! Finally after my 3rd attempt, I can retire and never do anything that dumb again.


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