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Crystal City to Host Winter Cycling ‘Derby’

by ARLnow.com — December 21, 2011 at 9:35 am 2,684 4 Comments

Crystal City is planning to transform an underground parking garage into a “distinctive cycling obstacle course” in March for the inaugural “Crystal City Diamond Derby.”

The derby will allow “competitive, casual and chic cyclists” alike to ride around an obstacle course in a massive parking garage under the Bureau of National Affairs building (1801 S. Bell Street) in Crystal City. The event will have an “edgy, glitzy” diamond theme, and participants will be encouraged to wear denim, rhinestones and derby caps.

To help organize the event, the Crystal City Business Improvement District is partnering with Dandies & Quaintrelles, the group that organizes the Tweed Ride and Seersucker Social, two annual vintage-inspired cycling events in D.C.

The derby — which is scheduled for Saturday, March 10 — will be open to both riders and spectators. For those not riding, there will be lounges and spectator viewing areas featuring music, food and drinks. There will also be diamond-themed art on display.

Registration is expected to open in early 2012.

Disclosure: Crystal City BID is an ARLnow.com advertiser.

  • FrenchyB

    The event will have an “edgy, glitzy” diamond theme, and participants will be encouraged to wear denim, rhinestones and derby caps.

    Sounds interesting, though participants might be better served by wearing helmets ;-)

  • Crystal City

    The Crystal City BID tries too hard with these contrived events. I wish they’d do more to make the area less of an office park and friendlier to residents and spend less time on cheesy events.

  • charlie

    we used to ride our bikes in the crystal city garages on the weekends and drink and smoke and explore our sexuality.
    when we were 12.

  • http://roadbikewheelsetsforsale.info/ Kathy Westwood

    I don’t know sounds kind of fun. Might be a good way to kill an afternoon :) I remember riding there when we were younger.

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