chariot wars

A bike battle like no other: The Ben Hurt Chariot Wars (photos)

by on February 14th, 2016 at 12:31 pm

Ben Hur would not have lasted five minutes with these modern-day gladiators.

The Ben Hurt Chariot Wars have once again staked their claim as one of the toughest bike events of the year.

Zoobomb’s Mini Bike Winter is about to invade Portland

by on February 12th, 2016 at 11:01 am

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A scene from the 2012 edition.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

One of our city’s most time-honored traditions is prepping for its big annual bash. Yes folks, it’s time for Mini Bike Winter! Put on by our friendly local Zoobombers, this annual extravanganza of unique skills challenges performed on highly-modified, child-sized bicycles is now in its 13th year.

Wet and wild Chariot Wars light up inner eastside warehouse

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on February 17th, 2014 at 11:21 am

Competitors at Mini Bike Winter’s Chariot Wars Saturday.
(Photos by M.Andersen/BikePortland)

The charioteers never saw the rainbow arching over their heads. They would have been crazy to let their guard down that long.

About 100 soggy competitors and spectators came together in one to three inches of standing water in a crumbling Clay Street warehouse Saturday afternoon for the seventh annual edition of a Portland institution: a Ben-Hur style gladiator battle conducted on homemade chariots drawn by minibikes.


The faces and the glory of the Ben Hurt Chariot Wars

by on February 19th, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Competitors in the Chariot Wars — including the eventual champions on the left — making their way around the course.


Panda-monium reigns at epic Chariot Wars

by on February 19th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

The gladiators and the crowd brought lots of intensity to Chariot Wars last night.
– More photos below / Gallery
(Photos © J. Maus)


Mini Bike Winter 2011: Chariot Wars return tonight

by on February 18th, 2011 at 10:10 am

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Chariot Wars, a proud Zoobomb tradition.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Zoobomb’s annual Mini Bike Winter fest has begun! The event, which lasts through Sunday, started last night when the Irondelles (Portland’s all-female tall bike gang) led a ride to spruce up area ghost bikes and do some craft-making for upcoming events.

Tonight, Zoobomb takes it to a whole other level with the much-anticipated return of the Ben Hurt Chariot Wars. (more…)