The Vercammen birds have already proven many times to be not only successful on the classic races but also on the One Loft Races. This time the exceptional performance was to be found in in the Algarve Great Derby One Loft Race (Portugal).
We had again a super racing weekend! On the provincial Melun (310km) race we had the 1° and 3° against more than 6,000 pigeons! It was a very difficult race with headwinds from start till end. On top of that the birds had to deal with strong fog and dark weather the last 60-70 kilometers on their way back home. Also in the category old birds we started with the 2° and 3° Provincial Melun.
Our pigeons have been performing on a very high level this season. Already from the month of April they were to be found in the head of the race, no matter how the weather circumstances were. Our young birds continued these great performances of our old birds. This weekend we sent our youngsters to the middle distance race Melun (310km). It was a very tough race with scattered rain showers and strong head winds from start till end. Our young birds were phenomenal on this Melun (310km) race. According to some people this is THE result of the year in Belgian pigeon racing. We are very proud to have such a talented group of youngsters.
It has been a tough racing season with constantly changing weather circumstances. Many birds are tired but our birds keep pushing! Last weekend our old bird team won again an exceptional result on the national Argenton (555km) race. It was a difficult race where the first arrivals had an average velocity of 1200-1250 m/min. We started with 1°, 2°, 4°, 7° and 10° National zone Argenton (555km) against 1,615 pigeons. On the national level we started with 5° and 15° National against 9,851 pigeons!
Our young birds team was outstanding this weekend. We started later than other years with our youngsters because of the bad weather circumstances. We had very few losses, the only disadvantage was that the birds were not ready to participate to the national races. We are very pleased about the general quality of these young birds, we are convinced that there are many talented birds amongst them. We sent our young birds team to the Sermaises (362km) race.
It was the last weekend of the season where we could enter birds for four different races. The races were again very fast with a strong wind blowing from the Southwest. Our pigeons prefer tougher weather circumstances. We have however been working the last years in the breeding loft on a family of birds that can win in both difficult and easy circumstances. We can be again very satisfied about the results. Three different birds won a first prize!
In the previous article you could already read an extensive report about the national races Tulle (657km) and Bourges (472km). In this article you can read more about the young birds races of last weekend. We sent our entire team of racing to two different races for young birds. The races were fast with a rather strong wind blowing from the West to Southwest. Our pigeons prefer tougher weather circumstances. Nevertheless our birds were again outstanding. It is really a joy to have such a talented team of racers.
We had another busy racing weekend with no less than four (!) races planned. We sent our entire team of racing pigeons to the different races. The races were fast with a strong wind blowing from the West. Our pigeons prefer tougher weather circumstances. Nevertheless our birds were again outstanding, like they have been all season long. It is really a joy to have such a talented team of racers. They are so all-round!
It was a calm racing weekend for us and the birds. The short distance races were cancelled. The provincial race Fay-aux-Loges (402km) was normally scheduled on Saturday. Because of the predicted bad weather, we decided to keep our birds at home. However, at the very last moment the board of the KBDB Antwerp decided to released the birds on Friday. The weather on Friday was much better but also tougher for the pigeons: strong headwinds and a temperature that rose till 27°C.
In the previous article you could ready about our super results on the national Chateauroux (526km). The same day we had two other races, Sermaises (362km) and Noyon (208km). On those flights our pigeons also performed very well. The birds for Sermaises (362km) had to stay in the basket for two nights. To the Noyon (208km) race we sent our team of young birds. The two races were tough with headwinds from start till end and a temperature that rose till 25°C.
Our first nominated pigeon "Mustang Queen"(BE19-6016108) did it again. She excelled on the national Chateauroux (526km) race. "Mustang Queen"(BE19-6016108) won last weekend 1° Provincial Chateauroux (526km) / 1° National zone Chateauroux (526km) / 6° National Chateauroux (526km) against 7,099 pigeons! She was the 1° fastest in National Zone B2 against 2,650 birds! It was a very tough race: three nights of basket + strong headwinds and hot weather on the way back home. Also the rest of our racing team did a great job.
Goosebumps! Our first nominated pigeon "Mustang Queen"(BE19-6016108) did it again. She excelled on the national Chateauroux (526km) race.
The birds had to stay in the basket for three nights on the national Issoudun (505km) race. It was a beautiful race with many top birds in front! Our super pigeon “Mustang Disney”(BE19-6016042) excelled again. We had again 5 birds in the national top 100 and a very high prize percentage. After the bad weather of the last week, our youngsters could finally participate to their first official race of the season, Noyon (208km)! It was a very satisfying start of the young birds season for us.
Our superstar “Mustang Disney”(BE19-6016042) flew another top prize on the national Issoudun (505km) race today! The birds had to stay in the basket for three nights.
The weather circumstances for racing pigeons are tough for already several weeks. Also this weekend the birds had to be persistent to find their way back home. The birds had to deal with turning winds (mainly head winds). The weather was also changing during the day from rainy till sunny. It was not an easy task for the birds. This kind of races is perfect for our pigeons to make the difference. They excelled again. We sent birds to the middle distance race Melun (310km) and the national race Argenton (555km). In this article we will discuss our results on the Melun (310km) race.
The weather circumstances for racing pigeons are tough for already several weeks. Also this weekend the birds had to be persistent to find their way back home. The birds had to deal with turning winds (mainly head winds). The weather was also changing during the day from rainy till sunny. It was not an easy task for the birds. This kind of races is perfect for our pigeons to make the difference. They excelled again. We sent birds to the middle distance race Melun (310km) and the national race Argenton (555km). In this article we will discuss our results on the Argenton (552km) race.
We had another successful racing weekend at our loft. For the third weekend in a row the weather circumstances were tough. The pigeons had to deal with summer temperatures and sidewinds. On top of that the birds had to fly in cloudy weather. Especially this last factor had as a result that some races were difficult. We sent birds to Sermaises (362km), the semi-national race La Chatre (544km) and the national race Limoges (672km).
We had another top racing weekend. In this article we will discuss our result on the national race Chateauroux (526km). It was a tough race. The birds had to stay in the basket for three nights because of the bad weather on Saturday. On Sunday the birds had to deal with headwinds and a temperature that rose till 25°C. We sent a small team to this national race and our pigeons did again a great job!
We had another top racing weekend. In this article we will discuss our result on the middle distance race Sermaises (362km). It was a tough race. The birds had to stay two nights in the basket because of the bad weather on Saturday. On Sunday the birds had to deal with headwinds and a temperature that rose till 25°C. The perfect weather for our pigeons to make the difference!
In the previous news article you could already read about our great results on the national Bourges (477km) race. The same day we also had the middle distance race Sermaises (362km). It was quite a tough race with headwinds from start till end and a burning sun. Our racing team also did a great job on the Sermaises (362km) race by winning the 1° prize against 1,556 old birds and many more top prizes!
This weekend it was time for the first national race of the year, the famous Bourges (477km) race! During the three weeks before this Bourges race we had bad weather in Belgium for pigeons : strong tailwinds, a lot of rain and low temperatures. But for this race, the weather circumstances finally changed! The Bourges race was a tough one with headwinds from start till end and a burning sun. These were the perfect circumstances for talented birds to make the difference. Our new star “Queen Mustang”(BE19-6016108) prevailed and was the fastest of all the 9,041 pigeons in the province of Antwerp!
It was a very fast weekend with average speeds of almost 2,000 m/min. We decided to keep the team at home that dominated the Melun (310km) race the weekend before. Instead we sent our hens (yearlings and old birds) that are meant for the long distance races later on this year. They were sitting on eggs till last week and they flew only 1x 104km and 1x 208km before. They need to be at their best starting from June.
This weekend it was time for the first middle distance race of the season, Melun (310km). The release of the pigeons was postponed till Sunday because of the bad weather on Saturday. This meant that the birds had to stay two nights in the basket, so early in the season. On the way back home the birds had to deal with sidewinds from the Northwest. If you also bear in mind that the temperatures didn’t rise higher than 10-11°C, you know that the races were quite tough for the pigeons. We sent our racing hens to the Melun race and they flew an outstanding result on this race! We began with 1 and 2 against 1,670 pigeons and we had no less than 8 (!) pigeons in the top 11 of the result! Our racing cocks and some other hens we sent to the Noyon race (one night of basket) and also they flew very well!
This weekend we sent our racing hens to Noyon (208km). It is only a short distance race but it was quite a tough flight. The birds had to deal with strong headwinds plus the temperature was still cold this early in the season. We see these races as preparation races for the more important races to come. Nevertheless we are very happy about the result of this weekend.
The start of the national racing season is getting closer and closer. The first middle distance race (310km) will be flown on 1 May. Meanwhile we are preparing our racing team by entering them on the short distance races. We are still keeping the super condition away because the season is long, we want to race till early September!
Let us present you “Puncher”(BE17-6025361). He is the first-born child of “Olympic Elektro”(PL0264-13-400) after he moved to our breeding loft in Vremde.
Here you can see a short movie about our top pigeon “Power Barco”(BE16-6032318). He was a very skilled racer with a.o. 1° Melun (310km) against 954 pigeons, on a race with very hard weather circumstances. “Power Barco”(BE16-6032318) also won 2° National Chateauroux (526km), only beaten by the famous pigeon “Maria”(BE16-6023127) from Gaston Van De Wouwer (Berlaar, BE) who was recently sold for 700,000 Euro.
One of the most remarkable pigeons in Belgium’s pigeon racing this year was our blue hen “La Donna”(B18-6020283). This small to medium sized hen has proven that she has that special capability to excel on all distances and in all weather circumstances.
Yesterday the last national race of the season, Chateauroux (526km), took place. It has been difficult this year for the western part of Belgium to classify early on the national races 450-600km because of the western winds that have been present throughout most of the national races. Also the fanciers of the middle part of Belgium, where we are living, were often not happy with those western winds. But unfortunately we can’t choose the weather circumstances and maybe next year it will be different! The national Chateauroux race was quite a tough one. In France the birds had to deal with wind from the Northwest. In Belgium the wind direction changed to West. Only one bird flew faster than 1,300 mpm. We entered our racing hens for this last national flight. They were motivated with the natural method: some of them had eggs, others had small babies. We are very proud on their performance, they did a great job. We received some nice messages from well-known fanciers who were impressed by our result. They know how the national races from 450-600km work and they said it was impossible for our birds to perform any better than they did, on the national level we were only beaten by fanciers who are located much more to the East.
It was again a busy racing weekend at the Vercammen loft with three races on Saturday: Melun (310km) and the national races Tulle (657km) and Bourges (479km). There was a strong tailwind blowing that day which resulted in fast races. Tough races are the most favorite type of races for our birds, but also in this kind of fast races our birds flew well!