Event Calendar

Upcoming Event Info

Chris Cliver – RGC 2021

Chris is a second generation balloon pilot, holding an LTA rating since 2014. While holding commercial and gas balloon ratings, his experience in ballooning has always been centered on the competitive side of the sport. Chris has represented the USA in two FAI junior world championships and he plans to compete in his third in 2021. He has also attended multiple world championships and a world air games crewing for his father (Harold “Bubba” Cliver). This experience plus years of domestic competition has set the foundation for Chris to make his debut as an event director at one of his favorite events, the Rio Grande Classic. Chris competed in RGC for the first time the weekend after receiving his LTA rating in May 2014. Chris also won the RGC and Top Gun Club Championship in 2019, and he is excited to be on the other side of the briefing table, calling fun tasks for his fellow pilots in this year’s event.


Schedule of Events:

Friday, May 28th

SATURDAY TASK SHEET

  • Registration Party: Friday, May 28 from 4PM to 8PM at Brew Lab 101
    • Master Briefing will be at 6 PM at Brew Lab – ALL PILOTS MUST BE THERE
    • PICK UP Logger and Baggies for Saturday’s tasks
    • Brew Lab 101 Beer & Cider Co. | 3301 Southern Blvd SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124
    • Due to occupancy restrictions, this event is for RGC team members, pilots, and crew chiefs ONLY (we have a NM PHO occupancy limit of 75)

Saturday, May 29th

  • No Logger/Baggie Pickup – that was on Friday at Brew Lab
  • 5:30am VIRTUAL BRIEFING VIA ZOOM (See details below)
  • Flight Hours 6-10am per our waiver
  • Post Flight (BEFORE FUELING) Drop off Loggers BEFORE 11am to FireWorx (See Directions Below)
    • CHANGE – Drop Off Loggers and Unused Markers Each Day
  • Fuel at Pinnacle – 9am to Noon
  • Tailgate and enjoy Abq/RR in a SAFE fashion. There is no organized or club sanctioned Tail Gate Location.  You CANNOT tailgate at FireWorx.  Scoring Team and Committee members only.

Sunday, May 30th

  • 4:30am – 5:30am Logger/ Baggie Pickup at FIREWORX (See directions below)
    • You will pick up any markers that you threw on Saturday.
  • 5:30am VIRTUAL BRIEFING VIA ZOOM (See details below)
  • Flight Hours 6-10am per our waiver
  • Post Flight (BEFORE FUELING) Drop off Loggers AND Unused Markers BEFORE 11am to FireWorx (See Directions Below)
  • Fuel at Pinnacle – 9am to Noon
  • Tailgate and enjoy Abq/RR in a SAFE fashion.

Monday, May 31st – Memorial Day

  • 4:30am – 5:30am Logger/Used Baggie Pickup at FIREWORX (See directions below)
  • 5:30am VIRTUAL BRIEFING VIA ZOOM (See details below)
  • Flight Hours 6-10am per our waiver
  • Post Flight (BEFORE FUELING) Drop off Loggers and Markers BEFORE 11am to FireWorx (See Directions Below)
  • NO FUELING TODAY
  • Tailgate and enjoy Abq/RR in a SAFE fashion.
  • Noon – 2pm Awards Ceremony – The Office Sports Bar
    • 10035 Country Club Lane NW, ABQ, NM 87114
    • Paradise Hills Golf Course
    • Pilot + 2 Inside
    • Green Chili Cheeseburger + Fries ($14 includes tip)
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    • NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL
    • The rest of the restaurant, patio, tent are all open for the crew to come and enjoy.
    • Please by your tickets by Saturday evening for the burgers.

FUELING:

Pinnacle Propane | 6400 Edith Blvd NE | Albuquerque, NM 87107
Fuel is provided for Saturday and Sunday ONLY – No Monday fuel is provided
There are THREE bays at Fueling.  Please be patient with your fellow pilots and Pinnacle staff (they are coming in on their Memorial Day weekend for us).

COVID DETAILS:

Our emergency orders stay in force in NM.   A current PHO PDF will be posted on our RGC website.   At the time of this version, we are currently in Turquoise for Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties, but that is subject to change with 24 hours’ notice.   Please follow all local and state rules with your crew.   We are ambassadors of ballooning, and the local and state government officials will be watching our event and it could have impact on other ballooning events later this year.

HOTELS:

Because of the unusual time here in NM due to Covid, we were unable to secure Pilot hotels.   www.booking.com is a great place to secure hotels.    Nice Rio Rancho Hotels are:  Extended Stay America | Hilton Garden Inn | Quality Inn.      There are also a number of hotels on Alameda in Albuquerque near AIBF.  Holiday Inn Express | Comfort Inn & Suites.

Sponsors:

We want to thank ALL of our Top Gun and RGC Sponsors that help make this event possible – please take time to thank them at our Registration Party:

AERCO | FireWorx Fire Protection | Unique Motor Sports
Liberty Tax Service | K&V Enterprises | NM Stem Cell
Flying Walkers | Beard ‘N’ Bush | Pure Plant Oils | UPLIFTING ADVENTURES
Jimmies Café | Brew Lab 101 | Our Event Sponsor Rainbow Ryders
and Premier Sponsor: Stewart Title  

FireWorx Control Point for Logger/Baggie Dropoff & Pickup

FireWorx Fire Protection, LLC | 1550 Stephanie Rd #106 | Rio Rancho, NM 87124

We want to thank Top Gun & RGC Pilot, Lonnie Carreathers for allowing us to use his office/warehouse space for our marker pick-up and scoring team.   This is a DRIVE THRU service, no tailgating at FireWorx is allowed.

FIREWORX FIRE PROTECTION
1550 Stephanie Rd SE #106
Rio Rancho NM 87124


Remind System:

We will be using the Remind System for Pilots and Crew Chiefs.   You will receive several test communications prior to RGC to confirm that you are in the system.


FLY SAFE & HAVE FUN!    LET’S MAKE RIO GRANDE CLASSIC 2021 SPECTACULAR!