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Little bikes, big fun planned for Mini Bike Winter IV

Posted by on January 4th, 2007 at 9:17 am

[The Chariot Wars are coming.]

Portland’s mini-bike enthusiasts (a.k.a. the Zoobombers) are busy planning their biggest and baddest ever Mini Bike Winter. The event, a “bike-centric series of events celebrating human powered culture,” will take place February 17-19th.

I attended a recent planning meeting to get the lowdown and now I understand what one Zoobomber meant when he said they are, “practically vibrating with excitement” over this event.

In addition to a slew of intriguing events, an international audience is expected to participate. Zoobomber Mykle Hansen wrote an article on the event in Canada’s Momentum Magazine, and perennial mini-bike evangelist Rev Phil is currently in Los Angeles extending invites to small-wheeled bike lovers of California.

[Fun is first and foremost at Mini Bike Winter.
This shot is from the ’06 event.]
Photo: Gabriel Amadeus

In addition to new events like the Zoobomb Badass Challenge — where competitors must ride up the hill without MAX or engine and light a torch at the top — the standout looks to be a series of chariot events (yes, chariot).

Lord of the Chariots and master of mini-bike fashion Gabriel Amadeus (he made the flyer above) is leading the charge. In case you don’t have a mini-bike chariot sitting in the garage, Gabe is holding a chariot/trailer building workshop this Saturday (1/6) at 12 Noon (4205 NE 14th St.).

For the complete list of events and all the latest news check out the Mini Bike Winter Wiki, the Events section of the Zoobomb forum, and watch this site for event coverage and updates.

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