The Portuguese winners
Belgian sire of Roger & David Pierre
The winning pigeon has a Portuguese ring but he is first of all a Belgian export product. His sire Fizio, a 100% Deno-Herbots, comes from the lofts of Roger & David Pierre (Pécrot, BE). He is a full brother of Lola (1st Nat. Argenton) and shakira (dam of Olympiad Pigeon Shaïna) from his father's side, and they all come from top breeder Clyde (he is also the grandfather of a 6th and 12th Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance). The dam of Fizio is Ibiza, 3rd Prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 2010 and winner of the Europe Cup Middle Distance 2010. She is a grandson of Figo (1st Nat. Bourges and 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distsance for A&H Reynaert) from her father's side, and a great-grandchild of Wittenbuik (Vandenabeele) from her mother's side. Click here for the pedigree of Fizio, the sire of the winner of the Mira One Loft Race 2017.
Roger & David Pierre
A dam of Vermeerbergen-Wilms
The dam of the race winner in Mira comes from Belgium as well: the one year old hen BE16-6266510 is a breeding hen of Vermeerbergen-Wilms (Mol, BE) that went straight to the breeding loft. The reason is she stems from the line of National Wonder (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon 2010 and 4th Nat. Ace Pigeon 2009) and De Gust (1st Nat. Zone Limoges and 1st Prov. Bourges) from her father's side. In addition, she is also related to Kanon (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon 2010 and 4th Nat. Ace Pigeon 2009) and De Gust (1st Nat. Zone Limoges and 1st Prov. Bourges) from her father's side, which explains why she joined the breeding team right away. The dam of the BE16-6266510 is Wallyke, whose descendants have won quite a few prizes per ten: 123rd Nat. La Souterraine 16,615 p., 155th Nat. Zone Issoudun 2,831 p., 314th Nat. Zone Guéret 5,726 p., 340th Nat. Argenton 27,267 p., etc. Click here for the pedigree of BE16-6266510.
The Portuguese winners visiting Luc and Robby
The Portuguese seize power
The final race of Mira 2017 was a long one: the 592 pigeons were released in Almodôvar in Southern Portugal at 7:30am for a race of 330km headed north. Almost six hours later, at exactly 13:27'40", racing cock Bernardo (PT17-7410004) was the first pigeon to hit the landing board with a velocity of 922.6468 m/min, closely followed by a Norwegian and Romanian pigeon. A total of 166 pigeons would make it back home that day, and that number tripled to 497 over the course of the next few days. The 5th, 6th and 7th place were won by Portuguese fanciers as well; the Portuguese had a firm grip on this year's race on home soil. The full results can be found here.