Prince Albert II-backed hot air balloon challenge in the works

Prince Albert II in 'Monaco' hot air balloon

The Aeronauts of Monaco are working to organise the first ever edition of the Coupe Prince Albert II de Monaco, a hot air balloon challenge leading participants to the Piedmont region in Italy.

The prospective event will begin in the Principality, with meteorologist Wim de Troyer launching proceedings. Participation will be reserved for environmental aeronauts, and those taking part will cross the Monaco border into France before completing the challenge in the Piedmont region of northern Italy.

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This event, which will take place sometime between 1st February to 30th April 2024, is being supported by Prince Albert II, who was pictured in a ‘Monaco’ hot-air balloon earlier this week.

The budget for the event is believed to have been set and backed by Prince Albert II, and organisers are looking for further investment in order to ensure the running of the competition next spring.

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The Coupe Prince Albert II Monaco will have a competitive edge, but it will also act as a “laboratory”, helping discover environmentalist solutions in the field.


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