Dozens of children gazed from behind yellow police tape as a large, skullcapped biker lifted the sobbing victor and balanced him atop the prize: a black bicycle, brand-new and decked out with the smallest of training wheels and metallic blue-and-purple streamers. He froze in distress, his legs jerking a few times to avoid the pedals.
The first winner was escorted to the stage. He tipped his tiny head back, and a ripping wail escaped from beneath the drawn hood of his red sweatshirt. Tears soon followed.