Janne was the 1st national winner from Montluçon against 17,432 old birds. She clocked at 13 hours 54 mins 16 secs, covering the distance of 549.856km at an average speed of 1469.16m/min. She was closely followed by a few of her own loft companions, the second pigeon of Wim Storms finished the race in 13h 54 mins 59 secs and he had three more pigeons with a very good result, finishing in 14 hrs 01 mins, 07 mins and 08 mins respectively. This means that six out of seven pigeons were clocked from Montluçon! Besides this, his first four pigeons were old birds, which could all make it to the national top 100 and three of them might even enter the top 50. The other three birds in the race were yearlings, two of which were clocked. These were the results at local level from Montluçon:
Local 292 old birds: 1-5-10-12 (4/4) Nat. 17,432 old birds: 1-15… etc. Local 385 yearlings: 41-52 (2/3)
This is yet another loft in which the hens are the leading force. The lofts of Wim Storms (38) are based in the middle distance club of Houtvenne, where he earned his place alongside the best fanciers many years ago. He is winner of multiple top results up to provincial and national level and holds several ace pigeon titles, including the prestigious 1st ace pigeon Cureghem Centre in 2008.
At the moment Wim does not have much time to spend with his pigeons as he has a busy day job and he also serves as a volunteer firefighter, besides he spends most of his free time working on his new house, in the neighbouring town of Itegem. Luckily he gets a helping hand from his father Dennis (71) who takes care of the pigeons. The plan is to keep the pigeons in the lofts behind his parents’ house in Melkouwen street in Berlaar.
Melkouwen street is probably one of the most famous streets in Berlaar: it is the place where three national victories were won in three years. Wim and his father Dennis live opposite another well-known fancier, Gaston Van de Wouwer. He is the winner of 1st national Gueret ’09 and 1st national Bourges 2010. This time it was Wim who took the national victory from Montluçon old birds. It was actually a pigeon from Gaston Van de Wouwer that turned the young Wim Storms into a pigeon fancier.
Less pigeons in the loft due to a lack of time
Wim does not have much time on Fridays so when his pigeons leave the loft for races up to the middle distance he does not show them their cocks. Things change as soon as they race the longer middle distance with basketing on Thursdays: then he shows the cocks for about an hour, sometimes even up to two hours. After the race the couples are kept together until the evening, sometimes even until the next morning. This depends on the race and the time of arrival.
Usually the hens are basketed every week, but once in a while he gives them a break. For instance, his pigeons have been racing shorter middle distance flights, Vierzon, Bourges and KBDB’s Chateauroux. So the last four weekends have been quite demanding for his team and that is why Wim decided to let them recover in the week and weekend prior to Montluçon. During that weekend he let his pigeons fly from Quiévrain, but only as a training toss to keep them fit and healthy. Wim noticed that his pigeons really enjoyed these tosses, but it did not lead him to believe that he might actually win a 1st national. For Wim this national win is a dream come true.
This season he has bred about 50% less youngsters compared to last year and you already know why. He has about 30 birds that are put to the test at national races in normal circumstances. His family of pigeons has had a lot of bad luck this year, and only 16 of the initial 30 pigeons are still in the loft. We wonder how many of them will be left for the national competitions and how the racing team is performing. Only then will we decide if it is worth the effort to participate in the national races, says Wim. He was not very optimistic about his young bird team after the bad results from Noyon last week. But his national win from Montluçon last week was particularly good news for his loft and it has raised his hopes and motivation for the future.
The good news came from the first-class hen Janne. She is a wonderful, medium-sized hen with a beautiful eye with rich colour pigment which seems to be painted with a blusher brush. That is something we really fancy…
Gaston Van de Wouwer has had great successes with his Kaasboer and in the lofts opposite the street that very same Kaasboer (from Jozef Goovaerts) also forms the basis for Wim’s national win. Wim thought that Jozef had some very talented pigeons with enormous potential, but Jozef did not seem to realise it. Jozef only race his pigeons from Bourges, not any further than that. It seems he feared racing his pigeons too much, says Wim. But it is no coincidence that both Gaston and Wim have had a national victory with descendants from the Kaasboer pigeons of Jozef Goovaerts! Let’s have a look at the pedigree of the national winner Janne:
2008: Melun 1,368 p. 115 Orleans 1,221 p. 20 Prov 9,860 p. 115 Argenton Nat 36,816 p. 625 Gueret Nat 14,754 p. 494 2010: Bourges Nat 22,476 p. 381 Chateauroux Prov 2,273 p. 61 Montlucon Prov 1,260 p. 60 2011: Melun 1,186 p. 30 La Chatre Prov 1,738 p. 86 Nat 15,780 p. 393 Argenton Prov 1,213 p. 17 Nat 11,001 p. 76 2012: Vierzon Prov 1,892 p. 82 Bourges Prov 3,184 p. 137 Nat 20,589 p. 883 Chateauroux Prov 1,762 p. 176 Montluçon Nat 17,432 p. 1
Sire: BE00-6480969 Jozef Goovaerts… which is also the father of such champions as Achilles and Leentje. He is a son of Goede Blauwen BE99-6515004 and a full brother of Goede Blauwen 665/98.
Dam: BE02-6184327 Dochter 1st Prov Bourges… this is a daughter of Kleine Blauwen 338/99 (winner of 1st Provincial Bourges 3,207 pigeons and 10th National 21,593 pigeons in 2001, 17th Provincial La Souterraine 2,163 pigeons and 131st National Bourges 44,181 youngsters in ’99) x Dochter Goede Blauwen 665 987/00 of Jozef Goovaerts (so this is a daughter of Goede Blauwen 665/98).
So Janne is partly an inbred of the line of Goede Blauwen 665 from Jozef Goovaerts. Wim’s second pigeon that finished 15th national was also his first nominated and is called Sheila BE09-6109985. These are Sheila’s results in 2012:
Vierzon Prov 1,892 p. 44 Intprov 6,257 p. 81 Bourges Prov 3,184 p. 7 Chateauroux Prov 1,762 p. 138 Montluçon Nat 17,432 p. 15
We think father Denis and his son Wim Storms will remember this race from Montluçon for a long time, and not only because of their national win, but also because of the amazing performance of their team of hens in a classic race. This might be their best result ever. Simply amazing!
The achievements of Wim Storms on the grand middle distance in 2012
19/5 Vierzon Intprov 6,257 old birds: 37-81-154-170-1331 (5/8) 26/5 Bourges Prov 3,184 old birds: 7-43-137-229 (4/4) 26/5 Bourges Prov 3,068 yearlings: 74-181 (2/4) 02/6 Chateauroux Prov 1,762 old birds: 138-176-230 (3/5) 02/6 Chateauroux Prov 2,139 yearlings: 73-312 (2/3) 17/6 Montluçon Prov 2,071 old birds: 1-6-15-22 (4/4) Nat. 17.432 old birds: 1-15…(probably four within top-100) 17/6 Montluçon Prov 3,284 yearlings: 105-125 (with 1° + 2° nominated of three)