When cyclists arent busy winning races or finding space on the road, theyre usually drinking. Well, the members of the new, sponsored cycling group Team Colavita/Parisi Coffee are drinking. Team riders range from near beginners to semipro. In addition to three weekly rides, the team supports local causes, such as the 816 Bike Collective, and puts on clinics teaching children the basics of bike safety. With racing season only one month away, the team invites interested cyclists to drink with them at Cellar Rat Wine Merchants (1701 Baltimore, 816-221-9463) during a kickoff party that starts at 6 p.m. A $10 fee gets nonmembers into the festivities, which include drinks, food and information about Team Colavita/Parisi Coffee and the teams sponsors. Spandex and helmets are optional.
Mon., Feb. 16, 6 p.m., 2009