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Gas Balloon News

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Official results have now been released for the 18th America’s Challenge distance race for gas balloons, confirming that Team 1, Peter Cuneo and Barbara Fricke, are the winners. 

The last balloon aloft in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s 18th America’s Challenge distance race for gas balloons has made a safe landing about four miles north of White River in Ontario, Canada.

For most of the night, apparent America’s Challenge winners Peter Cuneo and Barbara Fricke have been transiting Lake Superior.  They’ve now been in the air more than 58 hours and have flown about 1,360 miles (2,185 km).


One balloon remains aloft in the 18th America’s Challenge distance race for gas balloons.

The Command Center has just received word that Team 5, Phil Bryant and Andy Cayton, have landed safely near Long Prairie, Minnesota. Their only problem? Mosquitoes at the landing site!

News from the Balloon Fiesta Newsletter

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To welcome everyone to the 2014 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, we invited Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry to say a few words about the event. Read Mayor Richard J. Berry’s welcome here.

Voted Best Valet Service for Bikes, Balloon Fiesta’s Bike Valet helps all cyclists enjoy the event without the hassle of traffic.

This year, the Bike Valet service will be located on the Balloon Museum grounds, right next to the La Cueva Bicycle Path. This location is a couple hundred yards further east from the old location and will make it easier for cyclists to line up as they wait for their ticket.

In this month’s Inside the Basket, we had the chance to learn about the history of the Bike Valet and its importance to Balloon Fiesta from coordinator and volunteer David Candelaria.

Longtime Balloon Fiesta Pilot Bob Romaneschi has wrangled bees, butterflies, and spiders for over 30 years. Romaneschi is part owner of The Little Bees Family (Little Bee Lilly, Little Bee Joey and Little Bee Joelly) Butterfly, and SpyderPig.

We asked Romaneschi about his favorite things about Balloon Fiesta in this month’s Inside The Basket.

The design/build contractor for the Paseo del Norte/I-25 Interchange Reconstruction Project is working hard to finish as much of the Project as possible prior to the start of the 2014 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Peter Cuneo and wife/partner Barbara Fricke won last year’s 2013 America’s Challenge. We asked Peter to tell us about the winning journey.

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