chariot wars

Zoobomb’s Ben Hurt Chariot Wars – Photo Gallery

by on February 19th, 2018 at 11:03 am

Charioteers attempt to disable battlecars and bikes amid firecrackers and rowdy onlookers.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

This past weekend was the annual Mini Bike Winter hosted by Zoobomb.

One of the many events participants competed in was the Ben Hurt Chariot Wars. The Chariot Wars have a long and glorious legacy and are the showcase event of the three-day Olympics. The winners get an iconic trophy and major bragging rights. They also get to make up the rules.

Speaking of which, here are the official 2018 rules:[Read more…]

Weekend Event Guide: It’s all about Mini Bike Winter

by on February 16th, 2017 at 7:12 am

From Chariot Wars (left) to The Sprockettes (right) and the Cupcake Challenge (middle) — the 14th annual Mini Bike Winter gets top billing this weekend.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

Hard to believe this weekend marks the 14th annual Mini Bike Winter.

The event sprung to life during the Golden Age of Portland Bike Fun Culture in the early 2000s. The traveling Bike Summer event hit our shores in 2002 and went so well that locals wanted to keep it going. That led to the formation of Shift and “Mini” Bike Summer in 2003. By 2004, Mini Bike Summer had morphed into what we now know as Pedalpalooza and our friends at Zoobomb kept the “Mini” part alive by launching the first Mini Bike Winter that same year*.

None of that history really matters (unless you’re a cultural anthropologist or bike fun history nerd); but what does matter is that we continue to have fun on our bikes — even in winter. And Zoobomb is here to help us do just that. Check out the full slate of events below and have a great weekend…

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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Friday Cartoon: Ben Hur remake

by on February 25th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

[Publisher’s note: I’ve brought our Friday Cartoons back because I love them and I think they’re important. I’ve also heard from many of you that you feel the same. We’re lucky to be working with talented illustrator Mark Markovich (formerly Mark Young) and would like to continue this great collaboration. Please consider supporting our work so we can keep this feature going. Thanks. — Jonathan Maus]

Artwork copyright Mark Markovich
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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.
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(Photos © J. Maus)

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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.[Read 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.

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