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Diamond derby race day March 10. <sh>Diamond derby race day March 10.

The Inaugural Crystal City Diamond Derby will feature heats of cyclists battling for prizes at the converted parking garage at 1850 Crystal Drive.

The Inaugural Crystal City Diamond Derby will feature heats of cyclists battling for prizes at the converted parking garage at 1850 Crystal Drive.

March 10 promises to be a day of cycles and stunts as competitors of all levels vie for prizes and cash rewards at Diamond Derby, a first of its kind event for Crystal City.

Diamond Derby, a free-for-all bicycle obstacle course, will take place in a converted garage at 1850 Crystal Drive. The event will be held in stages throughout the day, and includes categories for individual cyclists, team relays and a chance to test amateurs and veterans alike in a head-to-head 4x Comp against the pros.

For the less heroic, spectators can view the race in style at the Diamond Lounge and enjoy such perks as a cash bar and live music throughout the day.

Organizers of the event hope to spotlight the accessibility of Crystal City shopping, which includes metro, free evening parking and a welcoming bike environment.

“We want to expose Crystal City’s accessibility, the event is creative, we turned a garage into a bicycle course,” said Angela Fox, president and CEO of the Crystal City Business Improvement District. “The focus is on cycling, and how to make the neighborhood fun and green.”

Bloomberg BNA, which owns the parking garage at 1850 Crystal Drive, is a featured sponsor of the Diamond Derby. According to company officials, the event spotlights the importance of alternative transportation throughout the city.

“It’s educational; we actively encourage people to make other choices besides driving,” said Karen James-Cody, a spokesman for Bloomberg BNA. “Some of our employees who ride to work are active cyclists and want to inform their colleagues.”

“You don’t have to pay for gas, the cardiovascular benefits are fantastic and it’s just fun to ride,” said Bill McKey, managing editor of Bloomberg BNA.

Area cyclists committed to couture are also invited to take part by sporting derby-themed wear, including seersucker and tweed for a more casual ride. Best-dressed awards will be presented along with the race champions. Free food, drink and music will follow the award ceremony for the derby after party.