The Crystal City Business Improvement District, in association with Vornado/Charles E. Smith,Dandies & Quaintrelles (D&Q) and Sciathan Productions, is proud to announce the inaugural ‘Crystal City Diamond Derby set for Saturday, March 10, 2012. The Crystal City Diamond Derby will transform a Crystal City parking garage into an urban cycling arena complete with a glamorous lounge, spectator viewing areas, street art, and an edgy, glitzy, one-of-a-kind experience.
Spectators will be surrounded by the live race as professional bicycle racers, bicycle messengers and amateur cyclists alike glide through the course, collecting diamond-shaped packages with the goal of winning awards and prize money. The Diamond Lounge will be the hub of spectator activity, featuring a big screen displaying the on-course action, a bar and live music. Cyclists and spectators can also get a breath of fresh air as they head outdoors for a midway featuring food, vendors and a wide-open sprint lane for the cyclists where individual speeds will be measured and race laps counted.
The less competitive and more couture cyclist can grab their derby hats and don their vests for the Crystal City Diamond Derby’s fashion themed social ride, the signature of other D&Q events including the Seersucker Social and the Tweed Ride. Whether you are a competitive, casual or chic cyclist, the Crystal City Diamond Derby is sure to entertain!
I. The Daily Rider Open Course Challenge
All riders will compete against the course in 20-minute heats, dodging obstacles and collecting as many laps and diamonds as they can! The field will be open to 200 riders. Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 women, men and children competing!
II. Team Relay Competition
High-spirited relay rounds will pit registered teams against one another in all-out sprints for swag and glory! Teams will compete head-to-head with top teams advancing to the finals. Maximum field is twelve teams of four riders. Bonus prizes will be awarded to the best costumes!
III. Chris Soda Four-X Comps
Four-X Comps pits the hard-core amateurs and the wily vets against the cycling elite in head-to-head four-lap heats around the Gran Premio course. Top finishers in each 4-lap heat will continue to advance until the grand finale! Daredevils and speed demons need apply! Maximum participants in this event are 120 riders.