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Press Release

Release Date: Feb 14, 2012

Registration is Now Open for the Crystal City Diamond Derby

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Jordan Stinnett,

February 14, 2012

w: (202) 207-3662; c: (239) 938-4960

Registration Now Open for the Inaugural
Crystal City Diamond Derby

Competitive Cycling Courses for Individuals and Teams,
a Casual Ride for the Couture Cyclist and
a Free Party Throughout the Day for Spectators

March 10, 2012; 2pm-Midnight

Crystal City, VA — The Crystal City Business Improvement District, in association with Vornado/Charles E. Smith, Dandies & Quaintrelles (D&Q), BNA and Sciathan Productions, is proud to announce that registration is now open for the inaugural Crystal City Diamond Derby, taking place on Saturday, March 10, 2012. The event will transform the parking garage at 1850 Crystal Drive in Crystal City into a glitzy, urban cycling arena for the competitive cyclist, amateur biker and everyone in between. With plenty of free activities for spectators, the Diamond Derby is sure to please!

Competitive cyclists can test their skills in obstacle courses with the goal of winning awards and prize money, casual cyclists can bike to the event in style and spectators can enjoy the action free of charge (please see the full schedule below). The Diamond Lounge will be the hub of spectator activity, featuring a big screen displaying the on-course action, a full bar and live music throughout the day. 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 cyclists.

What: The Inaugural Crystal City Diamond Derby.
Where: 18th and Crystal Drive (1850 Crystal Drive) in Crystal City, VA.
When: Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 2pm to midnight.
Registration: Registration and additional information is available via the event website. Although this event is free and open to the public, there is a registration fee to take part in the cycling competitions.
Who: Competitive cyclists, casual cyclists and spectators.
Event Phone: Cyclists and spectators who have questions should call (703) 412-9430.
Media: Media who have questions should contact Jordan Stinnett at or w: (202) 207-3662, c: (239) 938-4960.
2pm: Event opens.

D&Q River Ride.
Join D&Q for this casual nine-mile bicycle ride along the Potomac River, beginning on the National Mall at 12th Street and Jefferson Drive in Southwest DC and ending at the Diamond Derby just in time for open course time. Experience the Capital Region’s river vistas on some of our less traveled routes across the Potomac. True to D&Q's signature events, including the Seersucker Social and Tweed Ride, this fashion-themed foray invites cyclists to don contemporary, edgy apparel. Registration for the ride is free. All participants will be required to sign a waiver.


Kids’ events.

3:30-4:30pm: Bike polo competition.
4pm: River Ride participants arrive at the Crystal City Diamond Derby.

Open Course Noncompetitive Ride.
Noncompetitive cyclists will have the opportunity to sample the thrills and hijinks of the racing course. This ride is open to anyone with a bicycle, brakes and helmet. A signed waiver and release will be required.



Diamond Derby Open Class Competition (Scavenger Hunt)
Individual riders will compete in 20-minute heats, dodging obstacles and collecting as many laps and diamond-shaped prizes as they can! The field will be open to 200 riders. Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 women, men and children competing. A $17 ticket ensures participants’ entrance into one 20-minute heat.

Diamond Derby Team Competition (Team Entry Ticket - Four Riders)
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 12 teams of four riders. Bonus prizes will be awarded to the best costumes! A $60 Ticket ensures entry for one team (up to four participants).

4X Comps Individual Competition
4X 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. Cyclists must pay a $17 ticket fee to enter into the 4X competition.

9:30-10:30pm: Awards ceremony.

Diamond Derby Ball.
Entrance to the Diamond Derby Ball is free and open to the public. Enjoy food, drinks and music!