Adventurer's gas balloon race bid

29 November 2009 04:02
Wiltshire adventurer David Hempleman-Adams is campaigning to bring a unique balloon race to Bath next September.The Gordon Bennett Cup is an endurance and distance race won by the pilot who can travel the furthest in a hydrogen gas balloon. [LNB]Bath is one of three cities vying to be the launch site, competing with York and Greenwich in London. [LNB]Mr Hempleman-Adams, from Box, is the only British man to win the competition in its 103-year, 51-race history.[LNB]He told BBC news: "There's huge competition to host this, because it's the first time it's come to this country. [LNB]"I think the home of ballooning is the west country." [LNB]The event will take place in late September next year, and the location decided by a committee headed by Don Cameron, of Bristol-based Cameron balloons. [LNB]Mr Hempleman-Adams added: "I actually think it would be much bigger than the three tenors that came to Bath a few years ago. [LNB]"I want to put on a really good do, and I think Bath can do that."

Source: BBC_Sport