Over the years the name of Yves Van de Poel has often been linked to the classic from Barcelona, his most favourite race and the race where he repeatedly excelled in. He never managed to achieve his biggest dream though: to claim victory in the international classic. This is of course a hugely ambitious objective, and yet he has been close a few times. Be that as it may, he can be proud of his title of 1st Nat. Champion Extreme Long Distance KBDB, which he won in 1995. Team Van De Poel eventually managed to add a renowned international classic to their palmares in 2016, winning a 1st Nat. Perpignan against 4,205 olds.
Yves has never been afraid of a new challenge, and so he decided to aim for the longer middle distance and the one day long distance as well. But he did need some faster pigeons. In his search for top quality bloodlines, driven by the will to excel in this competition as well, he obtained pigeons of Jef Houben-Itegem (son Pinoccio), the Soontjes breed through Luc & Bart Geerinckx (Wommelgem), about 20 Leo Heremans-Ceusters birds (all direct youngsters of Olympiad Pigeons), Louis Van den Eynde-Brussegem, and the renowned Kaasboer bloodline of Gaston Van de Wouwer (Berlaar).
He had some great results fairly quickly, and the first major victory followed in 2014: a 1st Nat. Chateauroux of 4,405 old birds with the talented racing hen Lady Bolt, which also won the title of 4th Nat. Ace Pigeon. Like we said, Yves also won a 1st Nat. Perpignan in 2016, and he did exceptionally well in this year's race from Chateauroux, the closing race on the national calendar.
1st National Chateauroux IV olds
The pigeons were released from Chateauroux on 8:15am on Sunday; the race took off one day later due to the heavy showers along the course on Saturday. It was by no means an easy race, despite the tailwind. Apparently many pigeons were hindered by the many clouds and the fog that formed here and there on Sunday morning. The fastest pigeon in the race came from Yves Van De Poel; she was clocked at 14:00'17" after covering 517.216km. She had a velocity of 1497.94 m/min, which made her the fastest pigeon overall. In fact, no more than 60 of a total of 13,876 pigeons managed to exceed the 1400 m/min mark.
The old birds of Yvan Van De Poel had a great overall result:
Chateauroux IV Nat. 1.727 oude: 1-23-121-124-129-130-139-144-155-160-182… etc.
(based on the preliminary online results of the KBDB)
The winner does have some remarkable origins: she is a granddaughter of Lady Bolt, the national winner of Chateauroux 2014. This illustrates once again the theory that winners breed winners.
-Victoria Bolt BE16-2281474
1st Nat Chateauroux IV 1,727 p. ’17 386th Nat Chateauroux II 14,955 p. ’17 2186th Nat Argenton I 22,712 p. ’17
Sire: Cheesy Bolt BE13-2043203
A wonderful breeding pigeon from two iconic breeders in the loft of Yves Van De Poel: Kaasboer Express BE08-6369093, a direct Gaston Vd Wouwer (from stock breeder and the world renowned Kaasboer BE98-6335690 x Zus Mirthe BE07-6033110) x Lady Bolt BE11-2007582, winner of a 1st Nat. Chateauroux 4,316 p. ’14, 30th Nat. Issoudun 5,670 p., 35th Nat. Argenton 5,841 p., 49th Nat. Chateauroux 4,757 p., etc.
Dam: Beauty Eyes BE12-2197888
A super class breeding dam and a daughter of Mr. Bolt BE09-2205644 (winner of 4 first prizes from Melun, Marne, Blois en Nanteuil; a crossing of Soontjes x Heremans) x Beauty Queen BE11-2202553 (a granddaughter of top breeder New Pinoccio 772/04 of Jef Houben).
Click here for the full pedigree of Victoria Bolt.
Some fanciers spend their entire career dreaming of winning a national first prize, others seem to be claiming national victories with ease. Yves Van De Poel has been remarkably successful recently, winning a national first prize no less than three times. It appears that his top quality pigeon breed has really made a difference. This pigeon family is a major success story, congratulations Yves!