Jeroen & Stijn Rans (Wijgmaal, BE): Nat. Champions Fond YL KBDB 2020

During these corona times it is not always easy to visit pigeon fanciers, but the two Rans brothers and their father still allowed us in and we had a very nice experience.

The ride there was "corona proof" by taking two vehicles to Wijgmaal, and once there a face mask was used. What immediately stood out once we arrived was the warm welcome which we received. Father Rudy Rans was busy preparing his suitcase, getting ready to go out to Nieuwpoort with mother Rans. Both brothers Stijn and Jeroen took care of the tour and the conversation about the pigeons. After our visit, we were in complete agreement on one thing: the Rans family has an incredible ‘favor factor' seen through their sincerity and advice they gave us. An added value for the pigeon sport!

The Rans family has succeeded in creating a division of labor that ensures that every member of the tandem has their task, gets satisfaction out of it and in this way everyone feels useful and good about it. Jeroen takes care of the administration part, Stijn takes care of the medical part while father Rudy watches over the care of the pigeons.

It is no secret to anyone that long distance pigeons have specific genes. Flying for hours through France, usually in stifling heat, demands a lot from the pigeons. Creating a way of lower energy consumption in pigeons undoubtedly leads to better results. And this is precisely an item that the tandem is already working on during the winter. The pigeons are often given very little food in the winter (15 grams per day), which leads to their natural metabolism being stimulated. The pigeons learn, as it were, to use their energy reserves in an efficient way. The basis for a new hit season has been laid!

Unlike most fanciers, Mr. Rans chooses to train the pigeons. Balloons are filled with helium and hung from the loft. Once the pigeons come out of their winter slumber and leave the aviaries, they are kept very quiet in the beginning. Since they are coming from a "rest period" they consciously choose to let the pigeons muscles get used to the stress. The training sessions are steadily increased and during the racing season the pigeons have to train for 1.5 hours twice a day. Pigeons that come back from a race have to be back in training on Monday and are chased into the air again. That way all pigeons can train together.

The lofts are phenomenal, creatively operated. What is striking is that there is a lot of space in the lofts, and that they are very well ventilated. Nevertheless, there are slides everywhere so that it is also possible to close the lofts to make it windproof. In the months of February - March, this is checked to ensure that there is no draw into the lofts. Against all the rules of the pigeon sport, all ventilation was opened this summer. According to Stijn, it was too warm in the lofts and therefore they had to choose a "more spacious" ventilation. .  In a racing loft, Mr. Rans were busy installing a new ventilation grid. "Trying something new" - Being ambitious literally means "wanting to do better tomorrow than today."

The racing system is the result of an instructive morning. ““Not having a secret is also a secret” this is perhaps the most appropriate slogan for the tandem. Pigeons are raced on the nest and both the cock and the hen go to the race. In addition, they are always looking for extrinsic motivation in the pigeons, which is being built up in the last weeks before an important race. Unlike most fanciers who consciously choose to keep their pigeons as calm as possible in the last few weeks before an important race, the Rans tandem does the opposite. Dividers in lofts are removed, and the pigeons are given the opportunity to make a nest on the ground in smaller self-made boxes. It all ensures that the pigeons are very alert, also very jealous for their territory and the performances get an incredible boost as a result.

The results below prove that last season was an absolute highlight:

8/22 Tulle Vlaams-Brabant 795 yl : 86-150 (2/5) Zonal 1358 yl : 161-274 (2/5) National 4451 yl : 600 (1/5) 8/15 Brive Vlaams-Brabant 459 o : 48-148 (2/4) 579 yl : 73-157-165 (3/5) Zonal 747 o : 72 (1/4) 803 yl : 46-145-157 (3/5) National 3755 o : 680 (1/4) 4238 yl : 709 (1/5) 8/15 Narbonne Vlaams-Brabant 651 o : 3-10-17-26-30-31-32-42-44-45-46-49-50-58-61-64-113... (21/28) 773 yl : 2-6-7-10-12-18-19-22-24-26-29-31-38-41-45-51-53-56... (43/66) National 4454 o : 25-80-115-170-200-209-210-249-258-262-267-275-277... (19/28) 4120 yl : 8-16-25-36-41-75-76-83-88-95-113-125-153-159-175-189-(39/66) 8/8 Aurillac Vlaams-Brabant 251 o : 16-34-57 (3/4) 342 yl : 1-2-3-8-9-12-16-21-22-33-50-63-68-85 (14/18) Zonal 560 o : 40-81-130 (3/4) 645 yl : 5-8-10-19-21-26-29-36-38-59-75-93-98-119 (14/18) National 2849 o : 185-424 (2/4) 3004 yl : 32-37-39-87-98-120-138-185-191-301-482-606-625-751 (14/18) 8/8 Perpignan/Rieux-Minervois Vlaams-Brabant 291 o : 4-10-27-43-52-60-87 (7/12) National 2643 o : 49-148-280-398-499-586 (6/12) 8/1 Souillac Vlaams-Brabant 615 o : 33 (1/2) 907 yl : 29-30-123-138-153-215-223-247-275-285 (10/16) Zonal 1305 o : 31 (1/2) 1285 yl : 14-15-93-107-118-190-195-221-252-270 (10/16) National 6668 o : 388 (1/2) 7514 yl : 276-286-993-1115-1224-1846 (6/16) 7/31 Barcelona Vlaams-Brabant 985 o : 23-29-46-87-95-99-122-155-233-276 (10/15) National 6178 o : 109-154-267-473-526-556-654-799-1194-1494 (10/15) 7/31 St-Vincent Vlaams-Brabant 299 o : 35-41-84 (3/4) National 3038 o : 457-500 (2/4) 7/24 Agen Vlaams-Brabant 615 o : 3-34-89 (3/6) 872 yl : 17-21-40-46-67-69-76-89-111-176-179-186-187-227-260 (15/24) National 5140 o : 45-305-783 (6/3) 5955 yl : 89-117-274-297-447-452-488-652-805-1263-1277... (13/24) 7/24 Donzère Vlaams-Brabant 442 o : 27-46-60-69-117 (5/9) 404 yl : 17-30-31-37-39-40-47-52-54-62-68-73-84-112-113-114... (19/29) Zonal 1320 o : 84-144-183-218 (4/9) 1060 yl : 39-72-76-92-97-98-107-117-121-141-159-202-228 75 (13/29) National 3778 o : 189-323-441-546-920 (5/9) 2832 yl : 97-201-210-239-254-255-285-314-327-388-424-512-585 (13/29) 7/24 Marseille Vlaams-Brabant 293 o : 1-3-6-13-14-19-31-37-42-43 (10/18) National 2102 o : 11-57-78-106-112-139-208-232-267-285 (10/18) 7/18 Limoges Vlaams-Brabant 1002 o : 148 (1/1) 1227 yl : 21-27-28-31-32-43-96-106-128-132-137-138-158... (28/37) Zonal 1837 o : 258 (1/1) 1752 yl : 24-37-38-43-44-55-121-136-157-161-172-173-200... (31/37) National 10319 o : 1530 (1/1) 9756 yl : 37 22 59 115-171-172-206-222-291-669-748-898-917-963... (22/37) 7/18 Pau Vlaams-Brabant 339 o : 10-26-34-41-53-56 (6/13) National 2919 o : 170-299-357-434-509-565 (6/13) 7/11 Valence Vlaams-Brabant 1063 o : 60-92-119-155-168-189-249-264 (8/14) Zonal 2581 o : 154-241-319-390-431-490-628 98 (7/14) National 7591 o : 355-543-758-958-1048-1238-1709-1868 (8/14) 7/4 Limoges Vlaams-Brabant 1983 o : 29-50-51-59-97-122-129-133-174-246-257-259-309-431... (17/42)

It is logical that high peaks were also achieved in the championships

• 1st Europa marathon 2020 • 1e National Champion Long Distance Yearlings KBDB 2020 • 3e National Champion Extreme Long Distance Old Birds KBDB 2020 • 3e Nominated Champion KBDB 2020 • 5e National Champion Rhone valley old birds KBDB 2020 • 4th Primus-Inter-Pares BBC 2020 • General Champion Long Distance Brabantse Union 2020

It is no secret that there are so many top pigeons in the lofts of the humble tandem, here is a selection of the performances of the best pigeons:

•    B18/2010994 with 49e nat. Rieux-Minervois 2643 p, 170e nat. Pau 2919 p, 186e nat. Libourne 4354 p.
•    B19/2027349 with 39e nat. Aurillac 3004 p, 327e nat. Donzère 2832 p.
•    B19/2027318 “Krista” with 16e nat. Narbonne 4120 p.
•    B18/2010968 “Stan” with 258e nat. Narbonne 4454 p, 11e nat. Marseille 2102 p, 116e nat. Narbonne 3580 p, 256e nat. Agen 4644 p, 137e B.U. Salbris 2420 p.
•    B19/2027215 with 600e nat. Tulle 4451 p, 171e nat. Limoges 9756 p, 88e B.U. Salbris 3350 p, 148e B.U. Fay-Aux-Loges 1475 p.
•    B19/2027351 with 37e nat. Aurillac 3004 p, 314e nat. Donzère 2832 p.
•    B18/2010997 “Robina” met 209e Narbonne 4454 d, 45e nat. Agen 5140 d, 717e nat. Aurillac 3584 d.
•    B19/2027257 with 276e nat. Souillac 7514 p, 291e nat. Limoges 9756 p, 242e B.U. Salbris 3350 p, 1453e nat. Chateauroux 33833 p.
•    B19/2027282 “Aurillie” with 32e nat. Aurillac 3004 p, 648e B.U. Salbris 3350 p. *B17/2023591 “Ruud” with 170e nat. Narbonne 4454 p, 57e nat. Marseille 2102 p, 290e nat. Perpignan 3915 p, 307e nat. St-Vincent 2949 p, 451e nat. Jarnac 4940 p.
•    B19/2027258 with 709e nat. Brive 4238 p, 286e nat. Souillac 7514 p, 669e nat. Limoges 9756 p
•    B19/2027269 “John Doe” with 95e nat. Narbonne 4120 p, 89e nat. Agen 5955 p.
•    B18/2146302 “Special Frans” with 25e nat. Narbonne 4454 p, 1530e nat. Limoges 10319 p, 3291 nat. Bourges 23195 p.