Zoobomb’s Mini Bike Winter

Welcome to our archived coverage of Mini Bike Winter, the epic annual event organized by our friends at Zoobomb. Browse stories below and click on a headline for the full post. Also check out the official Mini Bike Winter website.

Wet and wild Chariot Wars light up inner eastside warehouse

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.


Prepare for Mini Bike Winter (it starts tomorrow!)

by on February 11th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

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The Chariot Wars are this Saturday.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


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.


Zoobomb’s annual event, Mini Bike Winter, starts tonight

by on February 16th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

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These guys could only be headed to
one thing… Mini Bike Winter!
(Photo © J. Maus)

Zoobomb’s big annual event, Mini Bike Winter, starts tonight. Now in its ninth year, the four-day event promises a mix of performances, parties, and pure fun that is sure to help ease your winter doldrums.

This year, in addition to usual favorites like the “Ben Hurt Chariot Wars” (just what they sound like, only crazier and with more smoke and blood), the “Mini Bike Winter Olympics” (which includes “bike bowling” (see below) a launch into the Willamette known as the “Cupcake Challenge” and more) and the “Badass Challenge” (a race to climb up the hill to Washington Park on a 16-inch bike), the event includes a special screening of “Bike Smut,” a collection of short bike movies. (more…)

Photos from Zoobomb Mini Bike Winter party

by on February 22nd, 2011 at 3:29 pm

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Sprockettes wowed the crowd with some awesome new material


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…)

Get working on those chariots; Mini Bike Winter is coming…

by on December 17th, 2010 at 10:45 am

A scene from the Ben Hurt Chariot Wars held during Mini Bike Winter 2010.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Our friends over at Zoobomb have announced the dates and events that will make up the eighth annual Mini Bike Winter. If you’ve never made it to this, you should definitely mark February 17th – 21st on your calendar.

I know it looks scary, but they actually rules and referees and stuff.


Mini Bike Winter VII: Photos and mini-recap

by on February 15th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

The Ben Hurt Chariot Wars were held Saturday in North Portland.
Chariot Wars Gallery/Slideshow below –

The seventh annual Mini Bike Winter ruled the streets of Portland this past weekend. Hosted by Zoobomb, the event showcased one of Portland’s distinct brands of bike fun. (more…)

7th annual Mini Bike Winter starts Thursday

by on February 8th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

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Carnage awaits at the Chariot Wars event.
(Photo © J. Maus)

This year’s Mini Bike Winter is shaping up to be one of the best ever.

The event — which tries to capture the fun and creative culture of Portland’s beloved Zoobomb community — features parties, competitions, and this year, even a panel discussion.

Mini Bike Winter kicks off on Thursday night (2/11) with a panel discussion titled, “Should Bikes Save the Planet?” Panelists include: Author of Efficiency Shifting, Conrad Schmidt; Bicycle Pornographer Reverend Phil Sano; President of Umbrella and Director of the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition, Stephanie Routh; owner of Portland Pedicabs Ryan Hashagen; and PSU Professor of Sociology, Erin Rose Michaels.