Cyclists converged in Arlington, Virginia this weekend for the Crystal City Diamond Derby. An underground parking garage was transformed into a race course, with cyclists of all levels taking the challenge to get in as many laps as they could in 20-minute races. An outdoor lot was used for exhibition DC Bike Polo games. Dandies & Quaintrelles brought hundreds of bike riders from Washington to the event via their “River Ride.” The garage had food booths that filled the space with the welcome smell of barbeque, around an artsy “Diamond Lounge” curated by Corehaus DC.

This was a great event, and a smart promotion for the Crystal City Business Improvement District. I was impressed to see a parking garage transformed into such a creative space, a space that would otherwise sit vacant on a weekend. This event will surely get better each year. As a favor to everyone with a camera, I hope they add more lighting to the race course. Surely some Dan Flavin-inspired colored fluorescent light bulbs would add a festive touch as well.

Battle of the Blurs

The Heat Is On


The Rubber Hits the Road

Dapper Entrants

Power Aid

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