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Dr Alain Delhove (Villers-la-ville, BE) shine once again on Barcelona!

It is his favorite race of the entire calendar and he booked once again a marvelous result: the doctor Alain Delhove seems to have a great history with the Barcelona race.

End of June-begin of July is always a very busy time of the year in Villers-la-Ville. The main race of the calendar is coming ahead and the members involved in the daily management of the entire colony (the doctor Delhove of course but also his wife Sigrid, his granddaughter Maxima and his nephew Diego) are busy with the last details around the preparation of the pigeons who will leave soon for Spain. It is already several years that Alain Delhove decided to focus almost exclusively to this incredible race and the less we can say is that this decision already paid off. His international victory in 2022 is still in all memories. The 08th of July 2022, 'Blue Night' achieved an incredible performance winning the 1st place against a total of 16.832 pigeons during a very tough Barcelona race and with an impressive advance (998 m/min and 926 m/min for the second place).

Two years before, the doctor Delhove already showed the world his ambitions winning the 3rd and 12th national against 6.178 pigeons (12th and 52th international against 12.315 pigeons) with 'Diva Barcelona' (who also won the Silver Wing of the BBC).

But if we are still writing about this, it is only to remind it to everyone in case if some of you lived on another planet over the last three years. We already wrote a lot of course about these two incredible performances during our previous reports. But what happened then in 2023 on Barcelona ?

Barcelona edition 2023

No 'very early' pigeons on the national and international level but still a provincial victory and a wonderful series of arrivals, probably one of the most steadiest from the international race as you can see by yourself:
07h01-07h20-08h13-08h32-08h33-09h29-09h43-10h35-11h25-11h30-11h49-12h58-13h03-13h18-14h22... so 11 pigeons clocked before noon and 15 for 14h30 with a total of 16 pigeons in the race in total. A brilliant performance!

07/07 Barcelona (1.014 km) 
Provincial - 582 p. : 1-7-14-20-22-45-47-... (15/16)
Zone B1 - 3.416 p. : 26-42-82-116-119-231-258-... (13/16)
National - 6.533 p. : 72-105-235-293-299-534-601-... (11/16)
International hens - 6.211 p. : 116-148-283-342-348-556-606-... (9/10)
International - 16.569 p. : 280-366-729-891-903-1497-1646-... (11/16)

The two first pigeons clocked are:

- 'Beauty Barcelona' (BE19-1067623)

7. Best Barcelona pigeon 2022-2023 (Belgium)
11. Barcelona pigeon 2021-2022-2023 (Belgium)
18. Best Barcelona pigeon 2022-2023 (International)
25. Best Barcelona pigeon 2021-2022-2023 (International)
1. Barcelona prov 582 p. 2023
 26. Zone B1 3.416 p.
 72. National 6.533 p.
 116. Internat hens 6.211 p.
 280. International 16.569 p.
4. Barcelona prov 601 p. 2022
 79. National 6.560 p.
 199. International 16.832 p.
22. Barcelona prov 574 p. 2021
 468. National 6.913 p.
383. Agen national 5.955 p. 2020
...

- 'Eva Blue' (BE20-1103569)

5. Best Narbonne pigeon 2021-2022 (International)
8. Best hen with 2 prizes on the international races 2022
1. Agen prov 309 p. 2022
 216. National 6.657 p.
2. Narbonne prov 448 p. 2022
 7. National 5.749 p.
 40. International 13.783 p.
2. Narbonne prov 277 p. 2021
 61. National 5.972 p.
 174. International 13.693 p.
14. Barcelona prov 582 p. 2023
 82. Zone B1 3.416 p.
 235. National 6.533 p.
 ...

With such a material both in the breeding and racing loft, the love story between the Dr Delhove and Barcelona is not over yet. Next year's edition will be a very important one since 'Beauty Barcelona' will be on the run to book a prestigious ranking among the ace birds on 4 years. Anyway, she is already walking on the footstep of 'Blue Night' & 'Diva Barcelona'. The coming years will answer to our questions but the entire team is looking forward to the future!