The Crystal City Diamond Derby is a unique cycling event that combines speed, glamour, fashion and high-energy fun in a cool urban environment. We invite riders of all abilities to test their skills on our race course designed and built in the center of an underground parking garage. The Crystal City Diamond Derby features a variety of different race formats including a non-competitive open course ride, a head-to-head speed race, a courier-inspired scavenger hunt, team relays, and a special children’s course. The general public is also invited to try out the course or just watch the action from the chic confines of the Diamond Lounge, an art gallery and bar built in the center of the action. The River Ride, a non-competitive social ride originating in DC, adds a social component and a ready audience for the day’s activities!
This year’s event will be held on Saturday, September 28th, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
ALL RACERS MUST WEAR HELMETS & ALL BIKES MUST HAVE BRAKES.
River Ride (FREE- Registration Required)
The River Ride will bring participants from DC into Crystal City along a selected route that features some of the finest river vistas the area has to offer. Ride leaders will organize the group at the predetermined starting point and bring the cyclists to the Diamond Derby for a parade lap that will signal the start of race action on the course! Don’t miss this exciting who’s who of glamorous cyclists and stylish rides as we wind our past landmarks and along waterfronts to join the party at 2345 Crystal Drive! Please register for this free event to be notified of the start point and other updates.
Kid’s Derby (FREE- Registration Required)
This exciting course is designed especially for kids of all abilities! The loop will be set-up independently of the main course and give kids under 15 the chance to pin-on a racer’s bib and ride The Derby!
Diamond Derby – Open Challenge
In the tradition of international messenger racing, riders will compete against the course, dodging obstacles,completing tasks and collecting as many laps and points as they can! The field will be open to 120 riders. Prizes will be awarded to the top women, men and children competing!
Diamond Derby – Gran Prix
Gran Prix pits the hard-core amateurs and the wily vets against the cycling elite in head-to-head heats around the Gran Premio course. Top finishers in each heat will continue to advance to the grand finale! Daredevils and speed demons need apply! Maximum participants in this event are 120 riders
NOTE: Gran Prix riders arriving with the River Ride must pre-register
Diamond Derby – Team Relay
High-spirited relay rounds will pit registered teams against one another in all-out sprints for schwag 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! Ticket ensures entry for one team (up to 4 participants).