in the week leading up to the Tours
third race in the BICC old bird programme was perfect with a big high
system sitting comfortably over the British Isles,
bathing all regions in glorious sunshine. No doubt the keener fanciers
the membership were also trawling the internet weather sites to check
uncommon weather would last until the weekend of the race.
for the weekend predicted that the high pressure system would give way
second high pressure system with accompanying easterly winds, so it was
anticipated that the members in the more westerly regions of the club
for broke and enter fair sized teams in the hope that they would
the prevailing favourable winds. The table included below shows the
demographics of the race entry where 329 members entered 2,439 birds to
in this 350 mile race. Once again the race was sponsored by Meriden
the winners of 2nd & 3rd in each section will receive a bottle of
race advisor John Tyerman's report on
preparations for the liberation.
" During the week leading up to the Tours National I spoke
several times with our weather advisor Steve Appleby,
concerns about the strong north east winds forecast for the
on the race day. Storms had also been indicated and
the strong winds there were initial thoughts to move the
I was able to discuss these concerns with Chairman Albie
and with Chief Convoyer Trevor Cracknell when we
race birds onto the transporter at Horndean on the Thursday
evening. However, by Friday morning Steve was able to say
race was possible but it was essential to get the birds into the air
Saturday due to a weather front moving towards Tours
from the west of France.
I relayed the weather prospects to Trevor at Tours and after several update
our Convoyers liberated the birds at 6am on Saturday, into a
partial blue sky. They cleared well into a light north east wind
forecast to strengthen to be force 5/7 in the Channel. A
race was on the cards due to the prevailing strong north east winds
both in the
channel and on land. Again thanks to Steve Appleby
two Convoyers who always take good care of the birds"
Tyerman Race Advisor.
Steve Appleby gives
his synopsis of the prevailing weather
conditions for the course of the race here:-
The main concern of the
advisory team when examining the weather
conditions for this BICC race
the strength of the north easterly winds over the Channel.
Careful consideration was given to the
overall situation before deciding to liberate. The six o'clock release
of the BICC
convoy was essential due the imminent arrival of heavy cloud which was
to move up quickly from the southern France. This early
benefitted the BICC pigeons which were able to take advantage of the
lighter winds over northern France
to as far as the coastline. As is always the case wind strength over
sea is always greater than over the land mass. On this occasion they
recorded force 5 to 6 (19 to 31 mph) and at times gusting up to 40 mph
Channel. (The wind flow chart indicates where the stronger winds were
Overall weather conditions were excellent the only adverse factor being
wind strength. Despite this a testing race followed with some excellent
performances achieved. Well done to all the gallant pigeons reaching
lofts on the day of liberation.
out to be a stiff one with the strength of the north easterly wind
the location of the winning pigeons, which were for the most part, to
on the western side of the club's boundary. The following list of prize
is purely provisional and is based on first bird verifications only.
result may well differ.
father and son partnership of John and David Staddon, previous winners
BICC in 2012 from Carentan clocked first to win the race beating a
"cavalry charge" of pigeons racing into Wales. Dave Staddon informs
Our first BICC race of the season and We've won it again !!! What a
Below are a few words about our winner and how he was prepared It
seems to be a lucky club for us. You may remember that we won 1st West
1st & 4th Open Carentan, 2nd Open Falaise & 4th Open Guernsey
Bird race in 2012 with the BICC.
are absolutely over the moon to again win 1st West Section 1st Open
BICC from Tours.
We sent 3 cocks to
this race all raced on our Chaos System as detailed in our article in
Stud Book this year. This system was pioneered by the Verreckt Arien
partnership in Belgium
and we have slightly adapted it to suit our set up. The principals
the same as Pascal's system. We were alerted to this method by Stuart
three entries had 3 short inland races with the West Of England South
Combine from "Down The Leg". They have each then been to two channel
races prior to the BICC Tours race, namely Carentan & Cholet NFC.
cocks returned in immaculate condition in good time with our second
to be in the first 25 in the open as well. Once again we'd like to
Trevor Cracknell on the first class job he does in looking after the
both the BICC & NFC. The race controllers should also be thanked
the decision to liberate along with Trevor. It was always going to be a
race with the strength of the wind in the channel and at the home end
leading birds made light of these conditions. We are really proud of
in putting 43ypm between himself and the 2nd Open pigeon.
winning bird has now been named Shapway Matador in honour of our good
Rob Brooks (he knows the reason why !!!). This does have something to
the fact we feed Matador corn. We rate this food highly. He is bred for
distance racing and it's easy to see why he raced so well from Tours when you
see his parentage. His sire
Shapway Untouchable was bred by John Halstead from his Champion
Winner Untouchable ( thanks John !! ), the dam is our own Shapway Lady
1st West Section 2nd Open BICC Pau, 21st Open CSCFC Bergerac amongst
leading performances. So as you can see Matador is bred for the job. He
Section 85th Open NFC Saintes 2012 as a yearling but this is the first
has showed up this year. His next race maybe from Tarbes, we will see how is. "
full report on the Staddon's loft can also
found on the BICC web site. This was written following John and David's
from Carentan in 2012.
up spot is a three year old black hen flown on the roundabout system
to the Garndiffaith[Pontypool] loft of the multi National winning
of Ron Scammell and Paul Peploe. This one is bred in the purple as her
a full brother to a cock that Ron and Paul bred and gifted to Derek
Pontypool for whom he won 2 x 1sts National!!! These are the old Karel
that Ron's father purchased from Basil Beebe of Horncastle and which
literally scores of races through to 600 miles here in Wales. The black
also contains the very best of Phil Edwards and Bernard Clarke
have produced National winners and Gold Cup winners for
Ron and Paul as well as others.
Preparation for Tours was three races prior to
including the Carentan National two weeks previous.
position is one to the Padfields, brothers Vince and Dai, of
brothers have an enviable record in National and classic races out to
miles. In the Tours
race they clocked a two year old cock flown on the round about system
no doubt be re mated for the longer races to come. His reparation prior
basketting for Tours
entailed no pre season training whatsoever but lifted off the loft into
110 miles for his first taste of the basket in 2013.
Sent to Carentan179 miles with the Welsh South Road Fed for his second
of the season and then into Tours BICC for his 3rd race.
The breeding is the old Wim Muller Jan
Aarden family the sire being a son of the foundation of the loft "Old
a fantastic racer and G\sire to 2 x1st WSRNFC Tarbes winners. The dam
sire is the original Wim Muller hen , mother of Padfields Perfection
1st, 3rd, 23rd &39th WSRNFC Pau - full of distance winning
The brothers timed 7 birds and had 8 out of 11 on the day.
in next at 4th section 4th Open with a
three year old clock bred down from his Nantes National winning
Les has been extremely successful over the years winning 1st Open NFC
1st Open BICC plus many other top ten finishes in National and Classic
clocked a cock flown on the "unnatural" system as he was sent sitting
a duck egg which hatched out on the morning of basketting! It certainly
to have done the trick. Les works nights so gets home in the early
hours of the
morning and his birds are already out and about as he employs the open
system with the birds allowed their liberty 24/7. Hopper fed on a good
mixture of beans, peas and maize the birds receive one 20 mile training
prior to racing and then are raced every week inland and accross the
keep them fit and keen for the job.
Pontypridd, deep in the Welsh Valleys, fresh from his success in the
Alencon race when his timer finished at 3rd section 4th Open, clocks
good one to finish at 5th section 5th Open. This is three year old
cock and once again the bloodlines show a strong influence of the
Van Reet family cultivated by Tony's good friend Adrian Ware. This
family won no
less than 4 x 1st National for Adrian, including a 1st & 2nd Open
races, plus many of the most coveted trophies open to competition here
Wales. The Coombs timer is no stranger to success as in 2012 alone he
following prizes :- 113th Open BICC Alencon;110th Open BICC Falaise;
WSRNFC Le Mans and 1st section 3rd Open WSRNFC Tours.
to thank the race control team and also the convoyers on a job well
done as his
pigeons returned home in excellent condition.
Cup and multiple National winners Preece Bros & sons partnership of
Cwmtillery come in next at 6th section 6th Open. John Preece writes:-
TIMED A 2YR BLUE ROUNDABOUT COCK, HE'S BEEN CONSISTENT BUT THIS IS HIS
YEAR HE HAS HAD THREE INLAND RACES AND GONE TO THREE CHANNEL RACES WITH
SIRE IS A 10YR SON OF CHAMPION
LEFEBRE/DHAENEN STOCKCOCK "7OO" (INBRED SON OF CH MULBRY BRED
BY JEFF DAVIES . SIRE ,GSIRE ,GGSIRE OF BIRDS TO WIN 1ST WELSH
THE VAN LOON HEN BRED BY R RYDER BOTH RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS NATIONAL
PERFORMERS FOR US.
DAM WAS BRED BY BOBBY LEE ,WE LOANED A DAUGHTER OF CHAMPION ONE LEG TO
PAIR TO CHAMPION RACER FOR MEL MAYO,NOT ONLY DID HE WIN CRIEFF ,ELGIN
THURSO BUT WAS ALSO THE SIRE OF MEL'S CHAMPION BOBBYS BOY 1ST
CONTAINING ALL THE BEST OF BOB'S DINMOR LASS FAMILY AND WE SHARED THE
HAS TURNED OUT A TOP STOCK HEN FOR US.
HAD14 OUT OF 15 ON THE DAY AND WAS PLEASED WITH THEIR CONDITION ON THE
DAY CONSIDERING THE HOURS SOME OF THEM HAD FLOWN."
that is Brian Sheppard comes in next at 7th sect 7th Open with a six
widower containing all the best of his old Venner x Trueman Dicken and
"The Legend" Dax International winning bloodlines. This one has a
host of previous National and Classic winning positions to his credit.
late November, he raised three babies before being separated and re
February to sit eggs for a short time prior to being put on widowhood.
preparation before Tours was races from
Exeter, Newton Abbot, Guernsey
and BICC Alencon. Brian likes the Versele Laga mixes and constantly
with various feeding regimes and this experimentation certainly doesn't
him from clocking top pigeons with monotonous regularity in National
Rake of Caerwent come in at 8th section 8th Open with a four year old
recently placed on widowhood but "courting2 two hens. He is of
predominantly Delbar bloodlines with just a touch of the very best Andy
Deweerdt blood thrown in for good measure. John and Ann exercise the
twice daily and use two different Versele Laga widowhood mixes to
birds for National racing.
in at 9th
section 9th Open is a fancier whose loft is in "red hot" form again
this season - previous BICC National winner, Spencer Jones of Pontypool.
Spencer's small but "perfectly formed" team of racers has appeared on
just about every result of the 30 club strong Welsh South Road Fed this
topping the result on at least two occasions with more than 4,000 birds
competing. At Tours he clocked a four
widowhood cock of Cannon x Denney bloodlines which had previously flown
Bergerac and Bordeaux.
Spencer races both cocks and hens on his unique modification of the
system and feeds widowhhood mixes to appetite after the birds twice
exercise periods which are forced if necessary. His first in the clock
received just one inland race and the WSRNFC Carentan race prior to basketting for Tours.
of Backer & Selway from Highbridge complete the top ten in the
Open result . Unfortunately after several attempts to contact the
information about their pigeon I was unsuccessful.
sections now and as can be seen from reading the above the first ten in
west section take the first ten in the Open result.
winner was clocked at the Wantage loft of Nigel Finch. This one is a
old Mealy cock of Albert Marcellis bloodlines which was raced on the
system earlier in the season and was then re - mated and sent to Tours sitting 12
eggs. He has had minor club positions previously but both his brothers
class racers with a number of red cards to their credit. As with all
team the mealy was mated in early February, fed a good widowhood mix
exercised twice daily with the occasional training spin thrown in for
measure as and when its needed.
clocks one to take second centre section. Here's what Roger has to say
at 13.41 for the 292 miles in a n/e wind I was not expecting to do so
first bird being a yearling widowhood hen first time of showing this
being late home from last seasons young bird National .She is a grand
of my best hen ever MY LITTLE DIAMOND winner of 1st NFC National in her
ever race breeding last years National race also grand daughter to Mark
Gilbert's Southfield Supreme winner of 1st International Dax and grand
of Peter Fox's DRUM, so she is bred from
some of the best blood in the country .Having 12 out of the16 sent on
it turned out to be a very hard but good race well done to the BICC
and highly successful partnership of Bartlett & Jones come in next
Centre section with a three year old hen sent sitting and having her
channel race of the season. Her preparation for Tours was 5 or 6 inland races and two
three training tosses a week plus voluntary home exercise. She has won
prizes in National channel racing and is bred down from the partner's
established and highly successful Van Loon x Van Den Bosch bloodlines.
telling me that they had another timer within a minute so should finish
& 4th section.
East section, where the birds had it all to do in the prevailing wind,
remarkable performance was put up by a yearling hen raced by 2012
Cup winner and multiple Combine winner Mark Bulled of Harlow to win 1st
section. Mark writes:-
Section winning Tours
pigeon is a yearling widowhood hen bred from my old distance family.
She was on
her third channel crossing this season after flying BICC Falaise and Alencon.
Her Dam was 8th LSECC Tarbes and she in turn is out of "Die Hard."
Die Hard, was a LNRC Hall of Fame winner himself as a racer and has
been an outstanding
stock pigeon. He is the sire of 1st NFC Tarbes, 1st LNRC Berwick and
1st LSECC Tarbes and 1st SNFC Niort. "
Clarke of Grays in Essex, the section toppers in the previous BICC race
well up on the result clocking a yearling round about hen for 2nd
one is once again bred from their M & D Evans Shadow lines
which are really starting to motor for the brothers, producing top
performances in channel races at each time of asking. This week's timer
very late bred hen that was too late to race as a baby in 2012. As with
other birds in the team she was well trained down to the coast at
miles and was then literally thrown in at the deep end with a first
accross the English Channel to begin
Steptoe come in next at third East section clocking the same pigeon
their first in the clock from Alencon two weeks earlier taking 3rd
that occasion also. This one is a yearling widowhood cock bred by
brother Wayne and is of Alfons Bauwens bloodlines.
section was won in Lutterworth , Leicestershire where Peter Oliver
his section winning ways with one of his old tried and tested Logan family.
Peter's timer is 4 year old red
chequer cock that has a cross of Van Hee Motta lines in his breeding. Tours was only
race of his life for this cock as he had spent most of the last two
the stock loft and was brought into the race team only this spring. He
mated in mid February and allowed to
rear a pair of babies. Exercised as often as the local raptor
allow he ,like all the other birds in the Oliver loft, is fed on
mixture of farm based grains.
Stafford of Higham Ferrers clocked a 5 year old round about hen to take
North section. This is a Busschaert bred from stock obtained from Tim
of Gravesend which was 40th section in the recent Alencon race. Not raced for two
she was used as a widowhood hen she seems to be making up for lost time.
prize lists looks like this:-
D Staddon vel 1233 ypm.
Scammell & Peploe vel 1191 ypm.
Padfield Family vel 1190 ypm.
Finch vel 1144 ypm.
Lowe vel 1118 ypm.
Bartlett & Jones vel 1101 ypm.
1st Peter Oliver vel 1003 ypm.
& Mrs Stafford vel 974 ypm.
Oliver vel 969 ypm.
Bulled vel 992 ypm.
& Clarke vel 973 ypm.
N Steptoe vel 970 ypm.
list of section prize winners and their corresponding velocities
the effect that the north easterly wind had on the outcome of the race.
doubt things will even up during the season when the predominantly
stream re establishes itself over the British
The Internationals are now upon us and here's
wishing good luck to all those BICC members who compete. The winner of
International race will receive a youngster to the value of £450
bred from the
principal stud cocks generously donated by Steve and Lesley Wright of
John & DaveStaddon 1st OpenBiccCarentan 2012 and 1st Open BICC Tours 2013
BICC Les Nicholls 2ndOpen BICC Carentan & prov 7th Open BICC Alencon 2012 .Les is 4th Open BICC Tours 2013
Brian Sheppard & Champion Jingles. Brian looks to be 7th section 7th Open BICC Tours
John & Ann RAKE 8th Open BICC Tours
Mark Bulled's two daughters Abbie and Charlotte
Nigel Finch 1st centre section BICC Tours
Packer & Clark 1st East section BICC Alencon two weeks ago and now 2nd section Tours
Preece Bros & sons of Cwmtillery prov 6th Open BICC Tours
Rob Jones of Bartlett & Jones Southampton 3rd Centre sect BICC Tours
Roger Lowe fresh from his audition of the reforming of The Village People. Roger takes 2nd sect BICC TOURS
Ron Scammell of the Scammell & Peploe partnership with son Dellan. The partnership were 2nd sect 2nd Open BICC Tours
Tony Coombs of Pontypridd 5th sect 5th Open BICC Tours with grand daughter Keah. Tony was also 4th Open BICC Alencon two weeks earlier
VINCE&DAVEPADFIELD 3rd section 3rd Open BICC Tours pictured with John & David Staddon 1st BICC Tours