'Ben Hurt': Portland bike warriors smash and crash

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 11:23 AM

Nigel Duara, Terrence Petty

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Looking like punk gladiators, teams of young adults on junk bikes pulling chariots made of junk parts frenetically chased each other around a makeshift arena, slamming each other and swinging away with foam clubs.

Spectators tossed beer cans, flour and smoke grenades. Firecrackers popped and obscenities flew during the battle, called the "Ben Hurt Chariot Wars."

And then, toward sundown, the grown-ups arrived.

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