Impressive line-up, huge payout and great destination
Big Andy is known around the world as PIPA agent for Canada and the United States. The respect that many European star fanciers have for Andy made it possible for him to attract a large contingent of highly successful and highly respected professional racing pigeon enthusiasts such as Jos Thoné, F&J Vandenheede, PIPA Elite Center, Marc De Cock and Alfons Klaas. Together with many other top fanciers they assembled a European contingent of 140 birds to participate against the best birds that the USA and Mexico had to offer. In total, over 1,700 birds were sent to Big Andy's lofts in sunny Spring Hill, Florida, competing for an impressive payout of $215,000.00 US in prize money. A huge number for a first-year edition that makes Andy’s race the largest in the USA. The impressive, international list of star participants from Europe, the high amount of prize money, the great weather and excellent sightseeing possibilities made the race's first edition a very successful one.
Five races, three Canadian winners and a Canadian ace bird
11/02/16 Lake City, FL (110 miles) Robert Darr / Donald Bicknell (USA) 1449.337 y/min 17/02/16 Jasper, GA (143 miles) Oscar & Linda De Vries (Canada) 1648.739 y/min 21/02/16 Tifton, GA (203 miles) Bob Duhra (Canada) 1321.994 y/min 27/02/16 Macon, GA (300 miles) Tony Alves (Canada) 1645.526 y/min 15/03/16 Cummings, GA (400 miles) Tony Hasan (USA) 1150.449 y/min
The best bird in all the races was Canadian fancier Chris Mellidis's 6802-CU15-CRPU. Check out the ace bird's results here.
What about Europe?
With the majority of the birds coming from the States and Canada, it was to be expected that these birds would rule the race. However, the European birds didn't just accept defeat. The first European birds were generally listed in the top of the table in these races:
11/02/16 Lake City, FL (110 miles) Alfons Klaas (Germany) 12th 1448.451 y/min 17/02/16 Jasper, GA (143 miles) Sakis Minovgioudis (Holland) 51st 1645.039 y/min 21/02/16 Tifton, GA (203 miles) Fred Dukker (Holland) 81st 1262.057 y/min 27/02/16 Macon, GA (300 miles) Herman Vredeveld (Holland) 30th 1611.361 y/min 15/03/16 Cummings, GA (400 miles) Marc De Cock (Belgium) 10th 450.714 y/min
The best European bird in the first-year edition of Big Andy's One Loft Challenge was Dutch fancier Sakis Minovgioudis's NL15-1697195. Find out this bird's performances here.
Best birds sold on PIPA
Being beaten in 2016, European fanciers are ready for a rematch in 2017. Perhaps even with offspring from American or Canadian birds since the cream of the crop in Big Andy's One Loft Challenge will be sold online through PIPA. Interested in participating in next year's race? Check out the race website for more information.