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Luc De Roeck (Manage, BE) continue to ensure the show!

After an important announcment which followed his fourth national victory from Limoges I, a lot of people were convinced that Luc De Roeck would disappear from the radar screen. That underestimated the one that is often called the 'cannibal' as he continued to clock early in the results despite an extreme disadvantage due to the weather conditions.


Right after the national victory on Limoges.

It's not a secret anymore: Luc De Roeck will definately close his pigeon lofts after the season. To take such a decision during the season wasn't an easy task as you need to continue to take part in the races despite the fear of losing some valuable racers. Recently, the loss of his favourites (whether in competition or because of the many predators hunting in his area) started to become unbearable, which has also played a big role in his decision. And indeed, with the capricious weather conditions and after the numerous catastrophic races over the last few weeks, Luc prefered to stop his best pigeons. With these pigeons taken out of the team, one would have thought that the name De Roeck wouldn't be seen at the top of the results. But it wasn't counting on several talented 2 year olds and on a formidable team of yearlings. And what finally happened? Luc De Roeck continued to race at an awesome level with only a handful of pigeons, allowing him to make several interesting discoveries. As a snub to fate, proving at the same time he will leave the pigeon scene at the top of his game with some very high quality racers.
Here is an overview of his last results:

Results 2016

07/05 Toury Iprov - 1,036 old birds: 7,8,9,11,16,45,54,62,72,75,84 86,87,88,89,97, .. (34/55)
07/05 Toury Iprov - 453 yl: 2, 3, 22, 27, 28, ... (13/20)
15/05 Vierzon Iprov - 1,775 old birds: 51, 69, 70, 75, 92, 93, 144, 153, 174, ... (14/18)
28/05 Toury Iprov - 701 yl: 1, 17, 23, 30, 39, 61, 72, 73, ... (14/15)
28/05 Limoges Iprov - 2,215 p. : 1, 6, 90, 200 (4/12)
      National - 13,493 p. : 1, 13, 655, 2496 (4/12)
28/05 Bourges Iprov - 2,624 old birds: 63, 123, 132, 139 (4/8)
      National - 19,736 old birds: 395, 776, 845, 900 (4/8)
28/05 Bourges Iprov - 2,046 yl: 12, 181 (2/6)
      Nat Zone - 6,756 yl: 48, 726 (2/6)
06/06 Valence Iprov - 2,091 p. : 39, 245 (2/2)
      National - 6,236 p. : 84, 447 (2/2)
10/06 Cahors Iprov - 1,093 p. :81, 143 (2/6)
10/06 Châteauroux Iprov - 2,577 old birds: 33, 59, 167, 170, 260, 348, 380, 538 (8/10)
10/06 Châteauroux Iprov - 2,063 yl: 6, 18, 20, 41, 188, 240, 460 (7/10)
      Nat Zone - 8,663 yl: 33, 143, 150, 291, 1288, 1602 (6/10)
25/06 Argenton Iprov - 1,773 old birds: 29, 89, 126, 132, 139, 255, 552 (7/10)
25/06 Argenton Iprov - 2,005 yl: 35, 44, 48, 76, 99, 141, 540 (7/11)
26/06 Montélimar nat - 4,000 old birds: 96, 974 (2/2)
03/07 Libourne Iprov - 783 p. : 12, 139, 218 (3/4)
      National - 5,195 p. : 58, 995 (2/4)
09/07 Limoges II Iprov - 1,135 old birds: 24, 25, 96 (3/6)
09/07 Limoges II Iprov - 946 yl: 11, 14, 19, 25, 41, 62, 64, 282 (8/11)
      Nat Zone - 3,380 yl: 94, 108, 135, 177, 254, 356, 359 (7/11)
23/07 Brive Iprov - 1.218 p. : 1, 7, 8, 43 (4/5)

Everything has been said about this fancier who is often considered as one of the best from Belgium. Seeing his career, it is of course not far from the truth. With his national victory, De Roeck received a fantastic opportunity to leave the scene in the most beautiful way possible. However, he decided to grant himself a last round with only a few pigeons. And if history has to repeat itself, it will undoubtly lead him to book what he has achieved throughout his illustrious career!