On Friday, November 5th, the Cycle-Smart International will be hosting
its traditional Pick Up Party from 7-9 PM, at Northampton Coffee in
Northampton, Massachusetts. The rider registration and party is
presented by The Kidney Project, and will feature event president Adam
Myerson as the guest barista, pulling shots from Noho Coffee’s Synesso
espresso machine. Noho Coffee is owned by Wheelhouse/NCC rider Mukunda

“Because coffee is a hobby for me, it’s a thrill to be able to get
behind the bar and be able to use professional equipment for a
change,” Myerson said. “When Mukunda offered to host the Pick Up Party
and asked me if I wanted to pull a few shots, I jumped at the chance.”

In addition to coffee, there’ll be a selection of fine Belgian ales
provided by Ramadon’s Liquor Store in Three Rivers, MA. Ramadon’s is
the family business of Chris Ramadon, founder of the Kidney Project.
The main goal of Kidney Project is to spread the importance of organ
donation through the medium of cycling. Says Ramadon, “If it were not
for organ donation I would not be here today.”

Ramadon was a promising young rider in the Northampton Cycling Club
who eventually required a liver transplant, and has recently returned
to high level racing. “I was and am still a cyclist and started with
the NCC. I wanted to start something that people could have a bond to
and be able to be involved at any age and get others involved. I won
two gold medals at the last Transplant Games which qualified me to
attend the World games which will be held in Sweden in June and I hope
to be able to represent TKP there and be able to have members
participate on a world scale!”

Participants in the Cycle-Smart International will be able to pick up
their race numbers for both days at the event, enjoy an espresso or
beer, and learn more about The Kidney Project in the process.

Northampton Coffee is located at 269 Pleasant Street in Northampton,
Massachusetts.Their web site is: