Reigning Xterra World Champion Ruben Ruzafa makes it three straight in 2014 at Xterra Portugal

Reigning Xterra World Champion Ruben Ruzafa wins Xterra Portugal [photo: courtesy of Xterra]

XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa wins his third straight XTERRA major while Coralie Redelsperger won her first-ever at the inaugural XTERRA Portugal in Golega on Sunday.

The UK’s Asa Shaw led the swim with a surprising Francois Carloni on his heels and Ruzafa and Belgium Yeray Luxem close behind.  The bike starts through the twisty, cobble streets of Golega for the first three kilometres and by the time the men hit the fields Shaw had dropped back.

Surprising teenager Ana Alcacarenho was second (she is a swimmer and lives in Golega) with new pro Sandra Koblmueller from Austria riding a bit tentatively in 3rd and French pro Coralie Redelsperger in 4th.

The first two races of the European season are over.  Next weekend we head to Brazil then back to the States for XTERRA Richmond which will also serve as the USA Tri Off-Road National Championship on June 15, then back across the pond for XTERRA Greece, France and Sweden.