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Italian International Balloon Grand Prix

Todi / Parco Acquarossa. Gualdo Cattaneo (Italy) | 26th July - 9th August 2020
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The event celebrates it’s 32nd. year anniversary with its 2020 edition and with this extended fifteen day period it will allow  teams and family to enjoy their time to the full in the area with breathtaking early morning flights every day with the rest of the day to enjoy everything Italy has to offer…Not only a wonderful holiday break for the whole team and family to remember but also a true international sporting event for the more “Competitive” of the teams who appreciate a relaxed competition but with an added incentive of returning home with a 

 

 magnificent cup and 600 bottles of local wine.

In the organisation’s constant endeavour to improve the event further and because of the truly beautiful flight area over our two neighbouring valleys of Sagrantino and Todi, it was decided and staged during the 2018 event with great success to operate two launch sites one in each of the two valleys. Both launch sites, Parco Acquarossa and Todi were used with success during the past for many years now, allowing teams the opportunity to choose on a daily basis from which base they would prefer to conduct their flight and subsequent refueling that morning.

Teams are always free to choose for how many days they wish to stay with us and how many flights they wish to conduct whether they be free flights or competitive, … and by all means teams are welcome to participate even for a less number of days should they prefer.

Event Format

Three permanent balloon bases will be used, one in the Sagrantino wine valley and two in the neighbouring Todi Valley.

SAGRANTINO VALLEY: Parco Acquarossa (Gualdo Cattaneo-PG).

TODI VALLEY: Ponte Naia (South side of the town), Pantalla (North side of the town).

Only one todi launch site will be used each morning dependant on wind direction allowing the flight to be conducted over the town.

With this format the main points to remember are:

  • Teams must state on their initial Entry/Registration Form in which area of the two they choose to use as their “base” during their stay and select their accommodation accordingly. (Sagrantino or Todi).
    (However, ALL teams can decide before their flight which launch-site they would prefer to use that morning taking into consideration that they would have to be prepared to travel that little distance more should they choose to use the launch site further from their accommodation.)
  • The flight and Social programme will be the same for balloon teams irrespective of which base they have chosen to use.
  • Four flights will be scheduled over the town of Todi and it will be asked that on those occassions All teams intending to fly any of those mornings to do so all together using the morning’s designated TODI launch site.
  • The winner of the 2020 Italian International Balloon Grand Prix will receive a ceramic replica of the silver Sagrantino Cup to take home, his name engraved on the silver Sagrantino cup which remains in Italy, and 2  magnums of sagrantino wine. The winner of the 2020 Balloon & Barrique Trophy will receive N°. 400 bottles of wine, a magnum and name inscribed on trophy. Runner-up of Trophy will receive N°. 200 bottles of wine and a magnum.
  • Official Pilot Check-in will be held ONLY at Parco Acquarossa, irrespective of the base the pilots have chosen to use, on Saturday 25th July 2020 from 16.00 – 20.00 with gas available for re-fueling and light buffet laid on for all whilst copy of Pilot Check-In Registration Form and signed organisation’s copy of Event Regulations are handed in.
    Should a team not arrive for Pilot Check-In they can register and hand in their forms at a latter date on their arrival.

“The MAIN thing to remember is this:

This is going to be our BEST EVENT EVER, MOST
ENJOYABLE & RELAXING AND YOU WILL WANT TO RETURN IN 2021 FOR MORE!!! ”

AGPIM are pleased to offer:

  • FRIENDLY PILOT / LANDOWNER RELATIONS   

  • FREE GAS,  PILOT PACK & PILOT CHECK-IN BUFFET

  • 14 BOTTLES OF WINE

  • 4 POLO NECK SHIRTS AND CAPS

  • EVENT SOUVENIR, MAPS & MARKERS

  • BASKET BANNERS, BROCHURES & POSTERS

  • ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE TO MEET EVERYONE’S NEEDS

  • CONVENIENT TRAILER PARKING  WITH 24H SURVEILLANCE (Parco Acquarossa)

  • OVER THE PAST 30 YEARS WE HAVE AVERAGED 95% OF OUR SCHEDULED FLIGHTS!!

  • ON-SITE BALLOON REPAIR FACILITY (Parco Acquarossa)

  • CONVENIENT LOCAL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (PERUGIA) OPERATING REGULAR RYANAIR FLIGHTS ALLOWING TEAM MEMBERS TO COME AND GO

  • FREE OFFICIAL EVENING BUFFET FOR ALL TEAM MEMBERS  &  PRE-FLIGHT CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST FOR ALL TEAM MEMBERS

  • EXCELLENT LAUNCH SITE AMENITIES WITH PUBLIC RESTRICTED BALLOON INFLATION AREA (Parco Acquarossa)

  • NO ENTRY FEE & RICH SOCIAL PROGRAMME WITH FREE LATE AFTERNOON LIGHT BUFFETS

Winner Sagrantino Cup 2015

Winner Sagrantino Cup 2015

Igor Miklousic Croatia

Winner Sagrantino Cup 2017

Winner Sagrantino Cup 2017

Lee Hooper England.

Winner Sagrantino Cup 2018

Winner Sagrantino Cup 2018

David Bareford England.