SUISUN CITY — Suisun City was the scene for cycling as competitors from the region raced around a section of downtown, Sunday.
The annual Suisun Harbor Criterium is one of a series of races in the California Cup, which draws cycling teams and spectators from around Northern California.
Jeanette Haggas, 34, of San Francisco, sat near the finish line on Main Street, cheering on her team, San Mateo-based Leopard Sapporo.
“This is our first year as a team, and we are kicking butt and taking names,” she said as men in the pro group whipped around the course.
The 0.52-mile loop started on Main Street at California and followed Solano, Kellogg and Cordelia streets to reconnect with Main. The corner at Main and Solano was the scene of a crash during the pro race, sending about a dozen riders to the ground.
Suisun City resident Philip Broussard, perched on a chair in front of Port of Call Grocery, was enjoying the show.
“I love my town,” said the 58-year-old who has lived on California Street for 11 years. “. . . For the local residents, they feel like this is their little slice of Sausalito.”
Broussard, a retired bridge painter, used to live in San Francisco.
Suisun City was also a delight for visitors from other areas.
“I like the races that are in downtowns,” said Michele Feikert, of Davis. “Suisun is very cute.”
Feikert, a cyclist and former racer, was supporting her boyfriend, 30-year-old David Grundman, who had just finished second in the pro race.
“It was fun, windy,” said Grundman, of Folsom-based Bicycles Plus Sierra Nevada. “. . . I like right turns, so this was good.”
Soulsbyville-based Velo Promo founded the California Cup series in 1981, according to its website. The Suisun Harbor Criterium followed Saturday’s Dunnigan Hills Road Race in Yolo.
P.J. Ciccarelli, who has been working with Velo Promo for 17 years, said she loves the Suisun City event.
“The town is so hospitable,” she said. “The scenery, the food, the art . . . (Suisun) always makes me feel like we’re welcome.”
The Cup series, officially licensed by USA Cycling, continues Aug. 24 in Winters Aug. 25 and Vacaville on Sunday.
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When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25. Registration begins at 7 a.m.
Where: Start/finish line at Town Square clock, downtown Vacaville – 1.1-mile loop starts at Main Street and covers sections of Dobbins, Merchant and Parker streets as well as Monte Vista Avenue.