When the racing season 2018 was finished many fellow fanciers said: ‘2018 was so fantastic, you will never experience such a race again.’ ‘You’ is me and my loft manager Roger. We play under the name ‘Comb. Maegh – A S’ as most of you will know.
Then came 2019. It is unbelievable but the results were even better as you can read elsewhere on this site. In the biggest pigeon magazine it said: ‘The best in Belgium at Middle Distance with exclamation mark. Yearlings: 5 Ace pigeons in first 10. Old: 4 Ace pigeons in first 10.
That was in the Fed called ‘ZAV’ that covers a wide area from the town of Lier till the Dutch border. The last old bird race in 2019 no more than 7 old birds were entered:
They won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th and so on. All 7 on top. When all my birds were home the majority did not have any bird yet.
The last young bird race in 2019 I entered 12 birds and I won 12 prizes, most of them on top to start with the 1st prize. This winner had the highest speed in the province of Antwerp in this race from Noyon. We became so-called KING in this Federation which means 1st All rounbd champion. Then came 2020.
Due to Corona the start was delayed. End of May/early June we had some races, but were not allowed to clock. Then the birds showed already to be in super shape. From those races from Quievrain most birds were home before any of the neighbours had got one. ‘We are prepared to have another year that your birds will destroy the races’, some said. How right they were. The results of the first few races were just stunning. You could read: ‘From another planet.’ ‘Never happened before’, ‘you will never be able to do the same’ after the first race. Let's have a look at the most recent races.
July 4th: Against 718 old birds we won 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 18th, 19th, 23rd and so on. 24 Pige4ons were entered, 17 prizes were won (17-24).
The yearlings won in this race: 2nd, 3rd, 4th and so on. One thing was hopeful for the fellow sportsmen, who all agreed: 'Better was impossible.' Then came July 11th, racing day. After it everybody was in shock. With a small team of 16 birds we won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and so on against 841 pigeons.
With yearlings the performance was even better. Only 7 yearlings were entered and they won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 11th against 669 pigeons. Those were six of the team of seven. Well the 7th bird was also on top and won 40th.
About the result with old birds even the oldest fanciers agreed: Never happened before.
In ‘Overkoepeling’ (Interprovincial) our birds won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and so on against more than 2,000 pigeons. Never happened before either in this competition.
And finally, believe it or not, from the same station of Sermaises we also raced with youngsters. And who won 1st prize against no less than 1.811 birds? Right, the writer of this article. It was pride to inspire me to publish this. There are no birds for sale !!!!
3 Different pigeons won a 1st on July 11th. 1st Old, 1st Yearlings and 1st young. First old is bird below.