The pigeons were released for Tours on Sunday at 7:30 in the morning, one day later than planned. Just below Paris the skies cleared very slowly on Saturday, and the French capital was covered in clouds as well. It would be too much of a risk to release the pigeons in such cloudy conditions and with such a strong headwind, since it could result in a very slow start and a race with a lot of difficulties. There was a strong and cold northerly wind, which was uncomfortable both for the fancier and his pigeons. The best solution was to postpone the race to Sunday.
It was a sunny day in France on Sunday, and the wind died down: there was only a slight to moderate north-westerly breeze. These were comfortable conditions for the racing birds, as you could tell from the results: all top prizes won within 30 to 35 minutes (prizes per 3).
Gino Clicque wins both the old birds and the yearlings race
The fastest pigeon in the race was a one year old hen of Gino Clicque, the BE15-3050641. She was up in the air for 5 hours, 19 minutes and 34 seconds, reaching a velocity of 1320.679 m/min. She takes the win both in the old birds and yearlings race, and thus claiming a double victory. This was clearly a fantastic start to the season for the champion from Wevelgem.
The entire racing team of Gino Clicque put in a great effort, winning an impressive number of top prizes:
Tours Prov. 4,939 olds: 1-6-24-26-28-41-43-46-48-113-114-136-137-139-… (44/74 with 19 prizes per 10)
Tours Prov. 1,759 yearlings: 1-6-16-17-27-29-30-58-136-172-… (24/40)
His winning hen is called Amanda, and she was quite a promising young bird. Her palmares includes the following top results:
1st Prov. Tours 4,939 olds ’16 1st Prov. Tours 1,759 YL ’16
Sire: De Hikker BE12-3050299
He won a 1st Fontenay 253 p. and a 9th Prov. Fontenay 4,802 p. He is a son of 1st Prov. & 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2008 Piraat BE05-3188928, paired to Jong Kerkduifje NL08-1548996. She is a daughter of the world famous Kerkduifje of Kees Bosua, winner of a 1st Le Mans against 99,104 pigeons.
Dam: Lili BE12-3112415
A great looking chequered hen bred from the top lines of Kurt and Raf Platteeuw. She is a daughter of Young Bliksem BE10-3100127 (a grandson of Bliksem Gaby Vandenabeele) x Dochter 50 BE09-3129719, which is a great breeding hen of Kurt & Raf Platteeuw. She comes from the loft of Eric Vermander, and she originates from the stock bloodlines of Noël and Vital of Noël Lippens.
Click here for the full pedigree of Amanda.
Gino Clicque has made a habit of winning provincial and national first prizes and ace pigeon titles in recent seasons. He has now added another victory to his palmares in the very first provincial classic of 2016. His (double) provincial first prize could well be the start of another outstanding season for Team Gino Clicque. Congratulations on your first victory of 2016!