Van Gils Frans & Paul, "1st National Champion Very Long Distance KBDB (2005)"

Paul (on the left) and Frans Van Gils from Ravels (BE)

The town Ravels is near Turnhout, not far from the border with The Netherlands. I drive from one church to another and can follow the direction ‘Building Material Van Gils brothers’. The amazing brothers Van Gils do not only have success in racing pigeons but also in the business. Frans and Paul did a special thing in 2005. They race on one of the longest distance possible in Belgium: Barcelona 1137 km, Perpignan 978 km, Narbonne 929 km, Pau 983 km etc. But they managed to win the national KBDB title Very Long Distance against whole Belgium. They won top-prizes like 2nd national Barcelona, 46th national Dax, 43rd national Pau, 162nd international Bordeaux, 42nd national Perpignan, 15th national Biarritz…. Frans and Paul were surprised after the bad racing season 2004 but they have a long list of championships and top-prizes during the years. They are top in very long distance in province Antwerp for more than 20 years. The title of 2005 is mainly the result of investing in birds from The Netherlands: Biemans, JMC Konings, Vertelman, Brinkman and mostly Kurvers-de Weerd. I will tell you more later!

The beginning and the strain
It all began in 1976. Frans switched from canaries to pigeons. He started with his first youngsters. His brother Paul immediately got interested in the new hobby of Frans and helped him with the daily work. This partnership now lasts for almost 30 years! The first birds came from Jan Tuytelaers. A local fancier who raced 300-450 km. Frans and Paul raced on middle distance but tried some birds on Bordeaux also. They discovered a super hen on Bordeaux. This ‘Bordeaux-duivin’ (strain Tuytelaers) won 3 x top 20 on Bordeaux. Frans entered all his old birds on Chateauroux in 1980. The partnership won 1st provincial with the cock ‘Rosse Chateauroux 810/78’. This cock won 3rd provincial Chateauroux in 1981. Another very good bird from the beginning years is ‘Wortel 986/77’. He was matched to ‘Bordeaux-duivin’ and this are the parents of 1st national Marseille 1988 (2nd international). This was not the first national victory! Van Gils won 1st national La Souterraine YL in 1983 with a hen. Van Gils brothers specialized on the very long distance in the beginning of the 90’s. The first birds came via Michiel Michielsen, the loft manager of the famous M. Biemans from The Netherlands (his ‘Invincible Spirit’ won 1st international Barcelona). Some other very long distance birds came from Jef Schellekens (NL Riel). This were excellent birds but very much inbred. Frans and Paul searched for other birds in 1995. They went to the famous Lei Kurvers (Hulsberg NL), now racing with the name Kurvers-de Weerd. Frans and Paul bought some eggs from his famous ‘Kleine Blauwe 531/91’ (father of 1ste international Perpignan 2004). The partnership also got some excellent birds from JMC Konings (NL); the best is ‘Bonte Kweker Barcelona’(son of his ‘Barcelona 845/90)

Sunshine after the rain

The racing 2004 was not good. The best result came on Barcelona but the other races did not go well. Frans went to several vets but they could not find the reason of the failure. Frans thought of stopping with pigeon racing in the winter of 2004. He wanted to start again with canaries. He friend Jan Sas from Vosselaar convinced him to continue in pigeon racing and use another mixture . He suggested to use corn that was cultivated by themselves. Maybe this is the reason of the good results in 2005? We will never know.

Very long distance championship KBDB 2005

Barcelona 278ste (1ste) and281ste (2de)
Narbonne 327ste (1ste) and 285ste (2de)
Perpignan 268ste (1ste) and 1041ste (2de)
Total 31,7627 %

You can choose 3 races for this most important championship between Pau, Barcelona, Dax, Marseille, Narbonne, Perpignan with 1+2!
Let use look close at the 6 birds that won this championship.

Narbonne ’99 nat. 8204p-683
Narbonne ’00 prov. 499p-92
Perpignan ’01 nat. 8041p-196
Barcelona ’00 nat. 13.659p-1676
Barcelona ’01 nat. 13.161p-1306
Barcelona ’02 nat. 13.021p-1141
Barcelona ’03 nat. 11.806p-150
Barcelona ’04 nat. 12.245p-2078
Barcelona ’05 nat. 12.998p-278 (Championship KBDB 2005)
11de Primus Inter Paris Barcelona Club 2005
This old racer will go to the breeding stock in 2006. He will go to a special individual breeding box.
The sire is ‘6641441/95’. He came as an egg from Lei Kurvers. He is a brother of ‘NL524/91’ which won at the loft Kurvers-de Weerd 8-16-17-37-91 national! The sire is ‘090/89’ (grandfather of 1ste intern. Perpignan 2004) from ‘750/82’ x ‘242/84’.
The mother is ‘721/89 De Bax-duivin’ (grandmother 1ste intern. Perpignan 2004). The mother of ‘961/98’ is ‘5100631/88’, excellent daughter of ‘Diego Armando Barcelona’ (14-9-622-295 intern. Barcelona) x ‘d. Kleine Barcelona’; all from Peeters Thomas and son.

Limoges ’03 3076p-755
Barcelona ’04 nat. 12.245p-954
Perpignan ’04 intern. 17.570-388
Barcelona ’05 nat. 12.998-281 (Championship KBDB 2005)
Perpignan ’05 nat. 7611p-398
The sire is ‘6129653/96’ direct from Lei Kurvers as an egg. The sire is the famous ‘Kleine Blauwe 531/91’( father of 1ste intern. Perpignan 2004 and bred from a cock P. Boer x hen M. Buijck) X ‘668/91’. The ‘Kleine Blauwe 531/91’ won:
5 x nat. Barcelona :39-154-335-495-565
4 x nat. Marseille : 201-307-579-589
4 x Perpignan : 253-279-312-471
Best ZLU Fond-spiegel-pigeon ‘93-’97
2de Best ZLU Barcelona-pigeon ‘93-’97
Sire 1ste international Perpignan 2004
The mother of ‘157/02’ is ‘6080610/01 Bontje’. She is from ‘Pantani 868/96’ x ‘932/98’. This last one is a sister of ‘479/00 De Bronzen Vleugel’, excellent racer Van Gils.

Bordeaux ’03 intern. 1785p-132
Brive ’04 nat. 19.477p-279
Brive II ’04 prov. 757p-165
Cahors ’05 nat. 9275p-285
Dax ’05 nat. 4534p-46
Perpignan ’05 nat. 7611p-268 (Championship KBDB 2005)
The sire is ‘6128873/95’, direct from Kurvers-de Weerd as an egg. He was a son of ‘172/90’ (Theelen x Kurvers) x ‘716/94’ (Kurvers x H. Jongen).
The mother is ‘6620608/96’, direct from Lei Kurvers, as egg. She is full sister of ‘873/95’. Did you notice? This is inbred brother x sister!

Cahors 642p-34
Limoges 128p-18
Bordeaux 2676p-455
Pau ’05 230p-61
Biarritz ’05 nat. 1481p-15
Perpignan ’05 nat. 7611p-1041 (Championship KBDB 2005)
The sire is ‘6219985/98 De Perpignan’ who won severel prizes:. Bordeaux 11.644p-182, Perpignan 18.426p-69, Dax 12.176p-1320…). His brother ‘Bronzen Vleugel 479/00’ won 44ste international Barcelona 2003 the nestmate ‘984/98’ won Perpignan 20.859p-31. The father is ‘ Bonte Kweker Barcelona NL565/96’ from J. Konings and the mother is ‘NL350/889’, a sister of 1ste international Barcelona of M. Biemans (famous Invincible Spirit).
The mother is another birds with long distance blood from The Netherlands. It is ‘437/00’ from ‘NL855/97’ (son ‘Rooie 50’ T. Vertelman) X ‘NL444/96’(H. Brinkman).

St-Vincent ’04 nat. 10.624p-425
Cahors ’05 nat. 9275p-1411
Bordeaux ’05 intern. 5344p-162
Narbonne ’05 nat. 5963p-327 (Championship KBDB 2005)
The sire is ‘6641408/95’ (1ste prov. Pau ‘98 en 9de prov. Marseille ’98); grandson of 1ste national La Souterraine 1983 x ‘sister ‘Invicinble Spirit 350/89’.
The mother is ‘987/96’ from halfbrother x halfsister H. Brinkman.

Cahors ’05 nat. 9275p-1373
Bordeaux ’05 intern. 5344p-184
Narbonne ’05 nat. 5963p-285 (Championship KBDB 2005)
This is again 100% Lei Kurvers.
The sire is ‘NL1698500/98’ (grandson ‘08’ Theelen) and
the mother is ‘NL1361878/99’ (daughter Super 570 13 x prizes on long distance) .
Barcelona en Bordeaux YL
Barcelona and Bordeaux are the favorite races of Van Gils. Why? Look for yourself:
Bordeaux 1999 against 11.644 YL: 69-182-280-343-554-569-580-585-814-898-902-1146-1429-1749-2388-2501-2546
Bordeaux 2000 against 9.756 YL: 58-66-96-397-624-796-802-1264-1295
Bordeaux 2001 against 7671 YL: 64-275-358-712-731-789-834-920-1128-1170-1254-1279-1301-1654-1768-1890-1910
Barcelona 2000 against 13.659 old: 320-415-842-1399-1676-1961-2096-3200-3401
Barcelona 2001 against 13.161 old: 112-527-780-968-1306-1851-2348-2694
Barcelona 2002 against 13.021 old: 33-80-227-530-718-818-830-976-1141-1533-2444-2973
Barcelona 2003 against 11.806 old: 14-150-203-402-694-697-736-812-1046-1201-1216
Barcelona 2005 against 12.998 old: 2-278-281-835-2455
They won in the Brugse Barcelona Club (1598 members) 3rd place in 2003 (Bronze Wing), 182nd in 2004 and 41st in 2005; 5th Primus Inter Pares 2004 (best Barcelona pigeon over 5 years) and 11th Primus Inter Pares 2005. The best performance 2005 on Barcelona came from ‘Blauw Barcelona 126/02’. The cock won 2nd national Barcelona and 5th international against 25.815 pigeons. The cock won Limoges 3076 YL-589, Bordeaux 7519p-1873. His is crossbreeding old strain Van Gils x Lei Kurvers. The sire is ‘6129652/96’, as an egg from Lei Kurvers. He came from his ‘Kleine Blauwe 531/91’ (father 1st intern. Perpignan 2004) X ‘NL668/91’. The mother of ‘126/02’ is ‘6276901/92’, hen from ‘Inbred Wortel’ (Wortel x his own daughter) X ‘Inbred Rosse Chateauroux ‘(Rosse Chateauroux x his own daughter). The ‘Blauwe Barcelona 126/02’ will be in a individual breeding box in 2006. He will be next to ‘Bronzen Vleugel’.

Let me look to 2 other Barcelona-birds in this loft!

Chateauroux ’99 1886p-399
Chateauroux ’99 2306p-427
Argenton ‘99 2202p-721
Limoges ’99 351p-110
Barcelona ’00 nat. 13.659p-320
Barcelona ’01 nat. 13.161p-1852
Barcelona ’02 nat. 13.021p-227
Barcelona ’03 nat. 11.806p-402
Barcelona ’04 nat. 12.245p-388
5th Primus Inter Pares Brugse Barcelona Club
The sire is ‘6129654/96’ , egg from Lei Kurvers. He came from ‘972/93’ (9 x prize on Barcelona, Marseille en Perpignan) x ‘674/91’( daughter ‘Lourdes’ Kurvers). The mother is ‘6620592/96’, eggs from Lei Kurvers, from ‘587/94’ (‘988 x Bax-duivin) X ‘964/93’ (daughter ‘090’)

6076479/00 Bonte Barcelona
Barcelona ’02 nat. 13.021p-33
Intern. 26.928p-141
Barcelona ’03 nat. 11.806p-14
Intern. 20.209p-44
Perpignan ’03 nat. 7537p-659
Barcelona ’04 nat. 12.245p-1137
Bred from ‘565/96 Bonte Kweker Barcelona’ J. Konings X ‘350/89 Sister Invincible Spirit’ M. Biemans.

The partnership have 104 widow-cocks but they do not race any hens. The youngsters (about 200) are only tossed but not raced. The breeders will be matched in February 2006. Frans says that the best birds are born later in the year and not in the Winter. The yearling cocks must race one time very long distance.
All the widowers were matched on February 12th in 2005. The old birds could breed for only 7 days (eggs were put underneath the yearlings) but the yearlings can have youngsters. The widowhood starts in April after breeding a second time for 3 days. The yearlings are tossed many times but the old birds go to Qieuvrain (about 140 km) at once. The birds for Barcelona race Chatearoux 147 days before basketing. The widow-hens are not shown before basketings (exception for the yearlings and the Barcelona race). The cocks get the hen the day after the race, when the other cocks are training. All widowers can raise youngsters after racing season . The medical site in the hands of the famous H.J.M. de Weerd. Van Gils visits this vet a few times a year but they use the products of Belgica-de Weerd. Van Gils uses the schedule for racing.

Results 2005
Barcelona national 12.998: 2-278-281-835-2455 (12)
Dax national 4534: 46-996 (4)
Bordeaux intern. 5344: 162-184-327-481 (4)
Orange nat. 6751: 848 (9)
Montelimar nat. 10.195: 246-2328 (6)
Cahors nat. 9275: 285-1373-1411 (8)
Montauban nat. 7303: 175-916 (10)
Pau nationaal 2212: 43-453-518 (4)
Perpignan nat. 7611: 42-268-332-398-1041-1287-1339-1434 (16)
Narbonne nat. 5963: 285-327-1414 (8)
Marseille nat. 4398: 713-714-1046 (6)
Biaritz nat. 1481: 15-147 (7)
Perpignan nat. 3796 YL: 281-459 (3)
Bordeaux nat. 2177 YL: 85-131-268-336-464-468-527 (13)
St-Vincent nat. 10.2-020 YL: 115-884-1377-1988-2051-2500 (20)

1980-1981-1982 General Champion Molse Fondclub
1981+1988 Provincial Champion Fond old KBDB Antwerp
2001 1ste National Champion 10 signed IFC 4000
1ste International Champion 10 signed IFC 4000
2003 1ste General Champion Fondclub Turnhout
2005 1ste General Champion very long distance Antwerp Flying Club
4de Champion Fond Antwerp Flying Club
1ste General Marathon Champion Fondclub Turnhout
Top 10 ranking West-Europese Supermarathon ZLU(result not known yet)
1ste Champion KBDB Very long distance