National winner England old birds: Delea Dave (Rainham)
The pigeon was clocked on Saturday at 11:50:04 CEST after a race of 1135.3 km, achieving an average velocity of 857.43 m/min.
International winner old birds: Cuffel Père & Fils (Montivilliers, France)
First pigeon has arrived
Barcelona (int.) 2015 | All eyes are pointed at Barcelona and the weather
Will this be the toughest Barcelona race ever? When are we to expect the first pigeons? All fanciers are speculating, but it will be the pigeons that decide.
Barcelona is the greatest classic of the year. It's the race everyone's looking forward to and is following very closely, no matter wether you're a speed or heavy long distance fanatic, or even if just out of respect for the great distance our winged friends must cross. Barcelona is a power struggle, bringing the pigeons to their limits.
This year's edition however will receive special attention. Especially because of the extreme weather conditions the pigeons must fly through in order to get home. There's a tropical heat in France with temperatures that rise up to and above 35°C, reaching 38°C and possibly higher at some places. The only ally our pigeons seems to have is the wind, blowing across the largest part of the flight from the South-East and South above the southern and middle parts of France and blowing towards the East above the northern parts. Unfortunately it's also this wind that is blowing the extremely hot air to the northern parts of Europe. The only question that's in our minds at this point: will pigeons we able to fly at a constant rate in this weather? And how long can they keep it up?
Only at the start of the race the wind above Spain was blowing slightly to the North East, the sky was clear and the thermometer was indicating 25° Celcius at 07:40 AM. Above the South of France there were some (thunder)storms but in the course of the morning these nearly completely disappeared from the sky. In the afternoon pigeons were able to enjoy a very sunny sky accompanied by tropical temperatures.
In the eve some thunderclouds will appear in the North-West of France nearing the French-Belgian border and will provide cooler air.
Below are some weather maps to visualize the situation.
The weather and temperatures expected around 17h00 Friday afternoon.
The direction of the wind around 15h00 Friday afternoon.
The weather above France around 15h10.
A picture of the weather with evaporating showers around 9h25 on Friday.
If we can go on the current weather forecasts chances are big the (inter?)national winner will be somewhere at the western side of Europe, maybe even in England. The Barcelona fever is slowly rising, especially towards this evening and early tomorrow morning. The ultimate question remains: will pigeons fall from the sky today and where?
To all contenders, the best of luck!
Barcelona (int.) 2015 | Liberation video
Source: Wim Seton
Released at 09:40 CEST
Barcelona (int.) 2015 | Number of pigeons
19.083 pigeons will participate in the international race from Barcelona. Last year, 21.169 pigeons were basketted for Barcelona.