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.

Mayhem on mini bikes at 13th annual Chariot Wars competition (Photo Gallery)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 17th, 2020 at 11:22 am

Water cannons, beer, smoke bombs, rotten bananas and a whole lot of mayhem.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The 13th annual Mini Bike Winter Ben Hurt Chariot Wars had all the mayhem and merriment we’ve come to expect from this uniquely Portland spectacle.[Read more…]

Zoobomb’s Ben Hurt Chariot Wars – Photo Gallery

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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: Mini Bike Winter, Lunar New Year, two bridges, and more

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 15th, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Friends, fun, and folly await at Mini Bike Winter.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Are you ready for Mini Bike Winter?

ZooBomb’s annual event kicks off tomorrow night and continues through the weekend. If you can only make it out one day, I’d highly recommend Saturday. The MBW Olympics are sure to please and everyone’s welcome to join in the fun. The finale will be the infamous Ben Hurt Chariot Wars which pit teams against each other for an all-out duel. Last chariot standing takes home the trophy.

But of course that’s not all there is to do this weekend. Our calendar is full of great ideas and we’ve picked out a few highlights to share below…

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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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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Prepare for Mini Bike Winter (it starts tomorrow!)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 11th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

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

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The faces and the glory of the Ben Hurt Chariot Wars

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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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Zoobomb’s annual event, Mini Bike Winter, starts tonight

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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.[Read more…]

Photos from Zoobomb Mini Bike Winter party

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 22nd, 2011 at 3:29 pm

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Sprockettes wowed the crowd with some awesome new material

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