Gino Clicque (Wevelgem, BE): first National Champion Long Distance KBDB 2012

Pigeon racing seems fairly simple for Gino Clicque. Whatever he does he has always been among the great champions in the sprint and the middle distance. Now he has even won the title of Long Distance Champion in Belgium. This is a motivated fancier who knows what he wants and who is not yet finished.

Gino Clicque, a selfmade man

Gino has just turned 50. He runs a flourishing business but he is most of all the manager of a flourishing team of strong racing pigeons. At the age of ten he was already helping his father in the pigeon loft. His father died when Gino was 16. From that moment he was on his own. Luckily his father had arranged that he could become a caretaker for Andre and Patrick Desmet from Semmerzake for a few weeks in the summer of 1976. It was there that he learned the ropes and it was thanks to this cooperation that he could bring some of the champions of Semmerzake home to his own loft.

Gino was sixth in the Belgian Championship for beginners in 1980. Back then he raced the sprint and middle distance and his results did not go by unnoticed. His pigeons did well in the race from Bourges, which was his favourite racepoint. At provincial level he won this race ten times; he won 12 national top five places and he had two national victories: first and second against 14,535 young birds in 2001 and a first against 2,573 hens in 1995. That is why he is called Mister Bourges. His pigeon Piraat won a third National Ace Pigeon Heavy Middle Distance in 2008. One year later he decided to go for the long distance. Soon he had some great successes in this competition. He had a team of racers that was ready to be basketed for the provincial race from Tours but he changed his mind in the final instance: they were basketed for Brive instead. Hhe wanted to know if his team was capable of completing this race. The national results were impressive: 63th, 78th, 80th, 137th, 139th, 144th, 226th and 523rd  with ten basketed pigeons against 17,446 old birds. Two weeks later he repeated his success in the race from Cahors, this time at national level against 7,347 pigeons. He won a 38th, 43rd, 100th, 306th, 538th and a 593th, again with ten basketed pigeons. In 2010 he won a second National Ace Pigeon Extreme Middle Distance with Super Prince. He won a 4th / 10,906 Nat. Bourges, 5th / 22,476 Nat. Bourges, 6th / 10,549 Argenton and 7th /1,153 Poitiers in 2010. In 2012 the Gino Clicque loft was crowned as National Long Distance Champion thanks to the brothers Pacha and Ronaldo and Young Piraat. We guess there is still more to come from this fancier.

Gino with one of his cracks

Gino has a lot of pigeons but you could summarise his breed in three main bloodlines:

  • The line of Robert: a pigeon of the loft of Robert & Chris Dobbelaere from Marke. The Robert belongs to the line of Robert's Noel, winner of a First Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB in 1992.
  • The line of Antoon and Hilde Reynaert from Passendale. Gino obtained reinforcements from the line of Goen and Figo.
  • The line of Spencer. He stems from the line of Kadet’(Meulemans) and was purchased at an auction of Wilfried Vandemaele from Heule.

He looks for additions every season but it is important that new pigeons have already proved themselves. A good name and pedigree alone do not guarantee a place in the breeding loft of Clicque.


National Champion Long Distance 2012

The national Long Distance Championship was won with three pigeons: the breeding couple ‘Pachaé and ‘Ronaldo’ and ‘Young Piraat’. These were the results:

Location       1st nominated    2nd nominated   Against     Prize 1       Prize 2
Montauban      Ronaldo          Pacha           6,822       27°           47°
Brive          Ronaldo          Pacha           11,130      233°          240°
Tulle          Pacha            Young Piraat    6,817       41°           43°


The 08-3172821 Pacha

He is one of the big stars in this loft, together with his brother Ronaldo. Pacha did very well in 2012. It was in that season that he won a fifth National Ace Pigeon Entente Belgium. He is also the best one day long distance racer over four and five national races with the following results:

Souillac  nat.   27th / 7,760
Tulle     nat.   41st / 6,817
Montauban nat.   47th / 6,822
Brive     nat.  240th / 11,130
Limoges   nat.  771st / 13,781

His list of achievements includes plenty more great results:

Chateauroux prov. 10th / 3,486
Chateauroux local  5th / 954
            prov. 24th / 5,500
Cahors      nat.  75th / 8,651
Argenton    prov. 26th / 5,251

09-3127970 Ronaldo 

The younger brother of Pacha has been doing great as well. He won a third Nat. Ace Pigeon Belgium Entente. These were his best results:

Montauban 2012 local 3rd / 302
   Prov. 5th / 1,109
   Nat. 27th / 6,822
Brive 2012 local 19th / 500
   Nat. 233th / 11,1130
Limoges 2012 local 16th / 554
   Nat. 93rd / 13,781
Souillac 2011 local 3rd / 245
   Prov. 9th  / 1,138
   Nat. 102nd / 5,667
Montauban 2011 Nat. 501st / 9,091
Chateauroux 2011 263rd / 5,500
Chateauroux 2010 778th / 18,725
Limoges 2010 local 9th / 795
   Nat. 373rd / 14,211

08-3128163 Young Piraat

His pedigree is one of a kind. He is for instance a descendant of Noel of Robert and Chris Dobbelaere from Marke and Goen of Antoon & Hilde Reynaert from Passendale. He is a son of Piraat, a third Nat. Ace Pigeon Grand Middle Distance in 2008. Let’s take a look at his best results:

Souillac 2012 local 6th / 318
   Nat. 36th / 7,760
Tulle 2012 local 3rd / 219
   Nat. 43rd / 6,817
Argenton 2012 local 20th / 437
   Nat. 118th / 4,782
Argenton 2012 local 4th / 352
   Nat. 362th / 12,384
Montlucon 2012 local 5th / 339
   Prov. 55th / 1,792
Argenton 2011 local 54th / 1,403
   Nat. 281st / 11,001
Limoges 2011 local 8th / 795
   Nat. 364th / 14,211
Tours local 15th / 496
   Prov. 128th / 3,526
Tours local 8th / 356
   Prov. 82nd / 3,085


Top 10 national

2011 Bourges         9,781 olds      4th
2010 Bourges        10,906 olds      4th
2010 Argenton       10,549 olds      6th
2010 Bourges        22,476 olds      5th
2009 Bourges        22,499 yearlings 5th
2008 Bourges        19,084 olds      5th
2006 Gueret         10,670 youngb.   8th
2004 Bourges         4,931 hens      9th
2002 Limoges           635 hens      5th
2001 La Souterraine 17,315 youngb.   8th
2001 Bourges        42,763 youngb.   4th and 6th


Results in 2012

These are the best results of the previous season. As you can see the pigeons are basketed for about every distance.

L’Aigle 164 yearlings: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 17th, 21st, ...(26/35)
L’Aigle 314 olds: 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 19th, 27th, 
29th, 30th, ...(26/35)
Tours 186 oude: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 25th, 30th (9/17)
Tours 599 yearlings: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 29th, 47th, 60th, ...(11/30)
Tours 671 yearlings: 1st, 2nd, 12th, 26th, 29th, 32nd, 46th, 49th, 53rd, 63rd, 80th, ...(17/26)
Chateauroux 572 olds: 3rd, 4th, 11th, 14th, 28th, 29th, ...(10/18)
Limoges 463 olds: 3rd, 19th, 33rd, 48th, 154th (5/6)
Limoges 572 yearlings: 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 9th, 25th, 35th, 42nd, 47th, 58th, 69th, ...(17/29)
Montauban local 302 old birds: 3rd and 5th (2/3)
Prov. 1109 olds: 5th and 11th (2/3)
Nat. 6822 olds: 27th and 47th (2/3)
Brive local 500 olds: 13th, 19th, 22nd, (4/8)
Prov. 2083 olds: 84th, 97th, 101st, ...(4/8)
Nat. 11130 olds: 194th, 233rd, 240th, ...(4/8)
Tulle local 219 olds: 2nd, 3rd, 18th, 23rd, 41st (5/6)
Prov. 965 olds: 26th, 28th, 128th, 143rd, 289th (5/6)
Nat. 6817 olds: 41st, 43rd, 311th, 351st, 822nd (5/6)
La Souterraine 452 young birds: 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 18th, 21st, 28th, 30th, 36th, 
37th, 43rd,...(25/53)
Gueret 570 young birds: 1st, 4th, 8th, 10th, 28th, 33rd, 36th, 40th, 41st, 43rd, 65th,...(24/54)