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Slideshows: Mini Bike Winter and the Bicycle Belles

Posted by on February 24th, 2009 at 10:13 am

“Bump” showing his skills.
(Photos by Elly Blue)
-Slideshows below-

Mini Bike Winter is Zoobomb’s answer to all of Portland’s summer bicycle fun — but less of it, and on small bikes.

The festivities go on for several days, and after missing the glorious Hamster Ball on Saturday night I determined to head out on Sunday to catch some of the action. I arrived at the Esplanade just in time to catch the Bicycle Belles, Seattle’s answer to our own Sprockettes. I took some photos:

After that, the crowd moved on to the Cupcake Challenge, where mini-bike riders launch themselves from a dock into the Willamette. This year, someone had made a ramp (painted to read “One Less Horse”), and someone had dyed the river around the end of the dock a radioactive green, all to excellent effect.

The best part of the afternoon was checking out the crowds, and the bikes. Here’s a sampling of what there was to see:

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  • BURR February 24, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    thanks to jryde for bringing the ramp down from Seattle!

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  • revphil February 24, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    true dat, Burr. They do some fine jumping in Green Lake.

    Also props to the water safety team for keeping the bikers from polluting the river any further.

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  • gabriel amadeus February 24, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Jon Huey has some all-encompassing and absolutely fantastic photos from the entire weekend over here:

    http://photos.breakawayind.net/mbw09

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  • Dutch February 26, 2009 at 4:40 am

    thanks everyone who came and made it totally kickass olympics. double thanks to belles for putting on a great show. another double thanks to the north freakers and everyone else who worked behind the scenes to make it possible.

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  • justa February 26, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    i love mbw!!

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  • Steve February 27, 2009 at 10:15 am

    I had so much freakin’ fun that Sunday night. I’m really impressed with the organization and conscience of all the participants (even if they’re a bit intoxicated!) I suppose only in Portland do you have folks who are riding around drunk and naked but extremely concerned about littering and wearing helmets. It’s absolutely refreshing.

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