DC’s Dandies & Quaintrelles, in partnership with the Crystal City BID, held the Diamond Derby over the weekend. Â All I knew before I showed up was that it involved bikes, a parking garage, and a course set up by this guy. Â So this is what I learned on the first lap (motion starts at :40):
That was fun. The idea was to earn a point for every lap completed and collect points along the way. The part I obviously didn’t get was how to collect points along the way, so I finished way down in the standings. I did, however, figure out that we got points for dismounting and carrying the bike through a VÃ©loCity minivan. Hope we didn’t do too much damage to it.
There were several other races in the evening, ranging from a kid’s event to a real race with qualifying heats and everything. Â In between there was great food and drinks and people.
In any event, it was a great use of a parking garage that usually sits empty on a weekend. Â Lots of credit to D&Q and the forward-thinking folks at the Crystal City BID for making this happen.
(I’ve put up an unedited set of photos here, if you were there and looking for photos of you. Â I’ll get an edited slideshow up later this week. Â Sorry, I missed the kids’ race, so no photos of that.)