America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race winners share their experience

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)– A pair of local heroes from 2016’s Balloon Fiesta shared their experiences at the Balloon Museum Saturday.

Peter Cuneo and Barbara Fricke won the America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race back in October, traveling nearly 900 miles from Albuquerque to Missouri and beating out 5 other teams from around the world.

During the presentation Saturday they talked about the history and mechanics of gas ballooning as well as what it’s like to travel across the country by balloon.

Cuneo and Fricke have entered every America’s Challenge since 1997.

2016’s race marked their fourth win. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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