Balloon Slap

Bear Slap 2018

It`s that time of year again for some Balloon Chasing and Bear Slapping! Early risers can join us for the 47th Annual International Balloon Fiesta above the skies of Albuquerque.

It starts with a Mass Ascension at 7am and ends around 10am. We`ll be rolling along the bike path on the west side of Balloon Fiesta Park which gives us excellent viewing of hundreds of hot air balloons as they fill the skies. This spectacular sight is worth waking up for Dawn Patrol! 

Then at 10am we`ll set the Race Course for the World`s Largest Banked Slalom at the Bear, speeds can reach 30 mph in 2 seconds from the start line! Full face helmets are required and we will have some to lend. Racing will start at 11am with 3 timed runs, fastest time counts. Entry fee is $10. Follow "The Bear" on Facebook for updates. Address is 3600 Osuna Blvd. 

Then around Noon we`ll head out to some of our favorite local ditches for an afternoon of shuttles and free riding fun. A Shuttle Pass will cost you $20 and we guarantee you`ll have noodle legs by the end of the day. 

Paying your entry fee is the ONLY way to confirm your spot in any event. PayPal also accepts debit and credit cards, Register here or at and click on 'Programs' and then 'Upcoming Events'.

HELMETS ARE REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES and NOT having a helmet will VOID your shuttle pass privileges until you find yours.

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