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The Baja of Portalegre was the first cross country event held in Portugal, in June 1987, based in Portalegre city.
In fact, Clube Aventura, headed by José Megre, an ex-Dakar Rally driver, had this event in mind since 1983, but it took him almost four years to materialize the idea, since he had to get the help and authorization from the local authorities.
As the non competitive cross country events had started in 1982, also organised by Megre and some friends under the banner of Clube Todo-o-Terreno, and as some Portuguese drivers were competing in the Dakar Rally since 1982, (himself one of the works drivers of UMM), Megre had a tremendous success when he launched the first Baja of Portalegre, which was the starting the Cross Country discipline in Portugal.
Since the first year, the bike race was international and the best riders came to Portalegre. From Serge Bacou, Thierry Charbonnier, Gilles Lalay, Stephane Peterhansel, David Castera, Cyril Esquirol, Richard Sainct, Alain Perez, Thierry Magnaldi, etc.. all have participated in the event.
But only in 1995 and 1996, a foreigner rider won (Richard Sainct and Alain Perez).
Baja Portalegre 500 race program
October 25th (Thursday)
19:00 / 23:00 – Ceremonial Start (Jardim do Tarro, Portalegre)
October 27th (Friday)
07:50 – Start of SSS1 Prologue
12:00 – Start SS2
October 27th (Saturday)
10:15 – Start for SS3
17:00 – Podium Ceremony
Baja Portalegre 2018 LIVE Streaming
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