Van Langen brothers (De Lutte, NL) have won the major prizes in the Dutch national competitions in 2014

We already knew that the Van Langen brothers had won the national loft championship middle distance. They have now won the title of Best Fanciers in the prestigious WHZB/TBOTB competition as well.

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The Van Langen brothers

This combination was founded by the brothers René and Peter van Langen, two fanciers in their forties. René is the younger of the two and he was the first to get involved in the sport, as he joined a pigeon union back in 1984. His brother Peter followed in his footsteps in 1990, and this was the starting point for the Van Langen combination, which races in pigeon club PV De Zwaluw in Oldenzaal. René and Peter have been focusing on the sprint races with the young and the old birds, which includes races of 128 to 463km. They compete against the fanciers from province 9 East Holland at a weekly basis, and their pigeons have been in great shape throughout the season, winning a teletext notation three weeks in a row. They have had quite a number of great results with many early arrivals and high prize percentages. We give you an overview of their best results of 2014 in province 9 district 2 CC 1:

12-04 Deurne      128 km 1888 p.  4–5–6–7–8–10–11–15–21–27–29–30–32– etc.(26/38)
19-04 Tongeren    199 km 1890 p.  4–9–10–11–13–17–21–24–25–26–30– etc.(31/37)
03-05 Nijvel      267 km 1773 p.  1–2–6–8–16–18–21–28–34–36–47–48– etc.(29/36)
11-05 Laon        382 km 1444 p.  1–3–45–58–77–78–81– etc.(20/36)
17-05 Morlincourt 414 km 1403 p.  1–3–4–6–7–13–14–19–20–22–49– etc.(23/35)
24-05 Quievrain   313 km 1076 p.  1–3–21–22–35–37–41–51–52–54– etc.(24/32)
31-05 Peronne     390 km 1272 p.  2–3–4–8–9–13–17–19–27–56–62– etc.(25/32)
07-06 Quievrain   313 km 1018 p.  1–4–7–9–18–21–24–25-41–49- etc.(22/33)
14-06 Nanteuil    463 km 913  p.  2–3–4–6–17–20–21–23–27–28–29–31– etc.(22/32)
21-06 Quievrain   313 km 818  p.  1-3–5–6–7–16–18-27–39–41–42–43–46–48–50– etc.(27/30)
16-08 Deurne      128 km 1387 p.  3-4–5–6–7–8–9–10–11–12–13–14–15–16–19- etc.(20/20)
13/09 Quievrain   313 km 559  p.  1–3–4–5–13-22–32– etc.(13/15)

Their most important titles of 2014

Best fancier WHZB/TBOTB
National loft champion middle distance
Superstar The Netherlands middle distance in the month of May - Golden Pigeon competition
1st Nominated     sprint          province 9
1st Not nominated sprint          province 9
1st Not nominated middle distance province 9
1st Ace Pigeon    middle distance province 9

The foundation

Their current success story started back in 1996, the year in which their NL96-1580149 Magic Man was born. This blue coloured cock is winner of a 1st Heverlee against 3008 p. and has won several championship titles in the union and CC. More importantly, this pigeon started to demonstrate its breeding value from 2000. One of his daughters, the NL00-1356644 Magic Woman, quickly developed into a very important breeding hen. Strangely enough she started breeding top quality descendants only in 2009, at the age of nine. It was then that she began to give birth to many high quality racing and breeding pigeons, including NL09-5921465 Miss Evita, ace pigeon 2011 in the middle distance club in province 9. The impact of Magic Woman will be illustrated further on, when we discuss some of this combination’s most successful racing birds. From 2008 the Van Langen brothers purchased Heremans-Ceusters pigeons from Kas and Karel Meijers (Ootmarsum, NL) at a yearly basis, and these pigeons have been introduced in their existing breed with great success. The introduction of pigeons of Jan van de Pasch and his daughter Leanne (Grubbenvorst, NL) has worked out very well too. In addition, the brothers paid a visit to Stefaan Lambrechts (Berlaar, BE), and some pigeons of this Belgian champion were added to their collection as well. Time will tell if this is a good combination.

NL00-1356644 Magic Woman

Their approach

René and Peter race their pigeons in double widowhood, and they focus primarily on a team of widower hens. Only a few of their very best cocks are basketed for races from time to time. The hens are basketed every week to make sure they maintain their form and to make sure they do not pair each other. The cocks and hens can enjoy each others’ presence for about ten minutes, before being basketed calmly. Pigeons are trained only in the evening; the cocks are released for an hour, after which the hens can start their training flight. These hens are trained with the flag, and they are particularly motivated during training, they go very hard.
The young birds are released earlier in the day, and they are called in by Bernard and Truus, the parents of the two brothers. Their parents are invaluable to René and Peter, who have to work during the day. They can focus entirely on the old birds’ training in the evening.


Winning the title of Best Fancier in The Netherlands WHZB/TBOTB takes an exceptional number of great racing pigeons. The following racing birds have all contributed to the success of the Van Langen brothers:

NL11-1303267 Fallon


The racing team was led by NL11-1303267 Fallon, which had a remarkable start to the 2014 season: she got hurt in a small accident in the loft, and her paw needed to be splinted. René and Peter assumed this was the end of Fallon’s racing career. Surprisingly enough she recovered very fast, and so they agreed to basket her after all, with great success. Fallon is a granddaughter of Magic Woman; her sire was obtained from Kas & Karel Meijers in 2010, and she is related to the bloodlines of Heremans-Ceusters. Click here for the pedigree of Fallon2013 had already been a great season, with a 1st Ace Pigeon Sprint in CC De Grensstreek. In 2014 she managed to win the title of 1st Ace Pigeon middle distance in the entire province 9, while finishing in 11th place in the national ace pigeon championship middle distance. She only just missed the Budapest Olympiad 2015 as the fourth Dutch pigeon in category A Sprint:

11-05 Laon      3 - 1444 p.
31-05 Peronne   3 - 1272 p. 
14-06 Nanteuil  3 -  913 p.
13-09 Quievrain 5 -  559 p.
03-05 Nijvel    6 - 1773 p.
21-06 Quievrain 7 -  818 p.

The 763

The NL12-5201763 is a blue coloured hen. She originates from the successful crossing of the lines of Magic Man x Heremans-Ceusters. You can find the pedigree of 763 here. The 763 was also 8th in district 2 CC 1 in the sprint competition, 10th in the middle distance and 4th in the overall results of the ace pigeon championship Natour.

The 784

The NL11-5002784 is a blue coloured cock, and he was the best young bird in province 9 in 2011. His dam Vickey is a granddaughter of BE96-6598538 Lowieke of Jan van de Pasch. His sire NL10-1235841 Little Giant is another Heremans-Ceusters pigoen. He is a grandson of BE01-6455003 Olympiade. The 784 became 4th ace pigeon sprint and 5th ace pigeon middle distance in district 2 CC1. His best result in 2014 was a third place from Quievrain (818 p.) Click here for his pedigree.

The 362

The NL12-1195362 "the 362" is a granddaughter of Magic Woman. She illustrates once again the successful crossing with pigeons of Heremans-Ceusters. Click here to take a closer look at the pedigree of The 362. The 362 was one of the leading names in the 2014 racing team, winning the race from Morlincourt on 17 May (1403 p.). She was 2nd Ace Pigeon in district 2 CC 1 both in the sprint and the middle distance.

NL11-1303278 Miss Perfect, a granddaughter of Magic Woman

Miss Perfect

The NL11-1303278 Miss Perfect is yet another granddaughter of Magic Woman, which was paired to NL08-2115622 Phantom (Heremans-Ceusters). Click here for the pedigree. She had to be satisfied with two second prizes in 2012 district 9, from Chalons (27532 p.) and Charleville (16,163 p.). She was 9th ace pigeon sprint and 6th ace pigeon middle distance in district 2 CC 1. Click here for an overview of the best results of all pigeons listed in this article.

Training the young birds together

René and Peter have several successful colleagues in the neighbourhood, and they agreed to train their young birds together. This group of fanciers puts a lot of effort in their young birds: the joint training flights begin in late May, using a cart that was built for this purpose about 10 years ago. One of the advantages of this approach is that the number of losses is kept to a minimum.

To conclude

René and Peter have made the sprint competition their number one specialty. Both their parents support them, while tho brothers (Jos and Marcel) often attend the arrivals. The entire family really enjoyed their best moments in the sport in 2014.