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100 days before start Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett

31 mei 2017

Ballonvaren

In 100 days, the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett in Fribourg/Switzerland, the FAI World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship, will take off from the airfield in Gruyères. This international competition brings together 22 teams from 13 different countries for a race which promises to be most exciting. After the balloons take to the skies, spectators will have the opportunity to discover air sports during the whole weekend, supported by the Swiss Aeroclub AéCS, thanks to a large-scale public festival proposing a wide range of free events.

The 61st edition of the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett 2017 in Fribourg/Switzerland will take off on 8 September 2017 from the airfield in Gruyères, at the base of the Castle. It will bring together 22 teams from 13 countries that will try to fly the longest distance, measured in a straight line from the launch site to the landing site, with no time limit. Organizing the world’s oldest and most prestigious gas balloon race in Fribourg will promote not only the canton but the whole of Switzerland beyond its national frontiers.  

Celebrating aeronautics

Beginning on Friday morning, the airfield in Gruyères will be the stage of a large-scale public festival celebrating air sports. The first day will focus on aeronautics careers, the second on powered aircraft (airplanes and helicopters), and Sunday will focus on hang gliding (gliders and paragliding). In addition, the Swiss Parachuting Championship will take place at the same time on the site from Thursday, 7 September to Sunday, 10 September. Access to the site and entry to all the events open to the general public are free. To promote soft mobility, buses will shuttle between the Bulle train station and the Gruyères airfield every half hour.

Musical and culinary discoveries

Musical and culinary events add the finishing touch to the program. Culinary partner of the Gordon Bennett Fribourg 2017, the Bénichon du Pays de Fribourg proposes a number of tastings as well as a crafts and local food market on Saturday and Sunday. A variety of local music groups, representing close to 300 people, will provide entertainment during the festivities.

Links

Flickr.com (photos)
Gordonbennett2017.ch
Facebook.com/course.gordon.bennett
Twitter.com/GB2017FR
Instagram.com/gordonbennett2017


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