Originally Posted by BurntNorton
How do they decide where the Gordon Bennet Gas Balloon race begins from? I know it was in Europe this year, but it has been in ABQ before, too.
The country of the winning balloon team hosts the event in the year after the next race. So this year's winning country, Switzerland, will host in 2012. That gives the host country ample time to organize the event. The 2011 event will start from France because they won the 2009 GB.