town situated approximately 30kms south east of the famous French wine
producing region of Bordeaux and
the north west
of Montauban. In 2011 Geoff and Catherine Cooper enjoyed great success from
International race point when their entry beat more than 22,000 other
all over Europe to win 1st Open. The
entry of 659 birds were liberated with
23,539 other pigeons to race the 500 or so miles home to their lofts in
an increase of 2,195 pigeons on the 2012 entry.
breakdown of the race entry shows that the UK participants was made up
International entry was constituted by the following entries from the
Belgique - Belgien - Belgium:
Nederland - Pays-Bas - Niederlande
Allemagne - Deutschland - Germany:
Angleterre - England
- England: 659
for the weekend was forecast to be fine with a high pressure system
the west of the Bay of Biscay bringing in light winds from the north/ north west and good weather with plenty of
the route home to the UK
north west Europe.
these predictions proved to be wrong as the convoy was held until 7.40
Sunday 30th June due to bad weather in north east France blocking the
home for pigeons racing into Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.
for members to remember I include here an email from John Tyerman, our
President, who received an abusive phone call from one of our members:-
"I had a 'so called' member on the phone this morning saying we were
absolute disgrace' and we did not have a clue about pigeons -
have been up from Agen yesterday! I had to listen to his
and he was so irate I was unable to tell him the BICC had absolutely no
control over an International liberation. Needless to say he
give his name and withheld his number. i should point out that BICC
are not consulted over any International liberations, as clearly we
like him who think it is all down to us".
to the race itself then and hopes were high of day birds into the UK and after 121/4 hours on the wing a
about hen came out of the south at the Southfield
lofts of Mark Gilbert of Winkfield near Windsor
to be quickly clocked to win 1st Open BICC Agen velocity 1217 ypm.
Superlatives cannot do justice to
this man's performances as he has taken
pigeon racing to a new level with three outright International wins
numerous wins at National level with the BICC, NFC and BBC. Mark's
is a mealy hen containing the bloodlines of Marcel Sangers'
SuperBreeder on the
sire's side with the old reliable and ultra successful Dax
winning bloodlines of Southfield Supreme and Marcel Sangers' Lazer Gun
dam's side as her dam is bred from Southfield Supreme when mated to a
daughter of Lazer Gun. Mated in mid February she was allowed to rear a
youngsters in the first nest before being placed on round about. This
BICC winner for Mark will finish in the top 200 of the International
against a field of more than 23,000 birds and given the weather
the course of the race she like all the other British pigeons had to
against a west north west
wind and certainly didn't have any help. It seems certain that the 10
pigeons clocked on the day broke away from the main convoy fairly early
on and thus
were not dragged up into north East France
the low countries with the rest of the convoy.
other timers look to be 13th,22nd and 29th,34th,47th &58th Open at
comprehensive loft report on this terrific fancier can be found on the
site. Late news in as I finish off this report is that Mark is also
way on the provisional result of the NFC Tarbes King's Cup race!!!
Edmiston of Horley in Surrey also enjoyed a fantastic race here as he
three yearlings on the day to take 2nd ,4th & 7th Open the first in
clock recording 1215 ypm to be narrowly beaten for top spot. This is
flying given the conditions and the distance and this is what Calum has
regarding this terrific team performance:-
"I am not
one for publicity(don't win
enough!) but here is a snapshot of my three day birds.
I am 49
years of age and have had birds since
1973.I fly to a small 28 foot loft which is too big to clean every day
shift worker. I rear about 30 babies each year. I am a previous winner
1st,4th,5th,8th in separate classic/NFC 500 mile races and have timed
yearlings back in these races on several occasions. The three timers
yearlings bred in May last season and unraced as babies but trained six
They had no training this year and were sent to two/three inland races
given 3/4 channel races to Tours BICC. They were on natural and sitting
time. They were fed Gerry plus with protein and fat added to suit. They
twice a day and are darkened down outside these times. The birds have
been medicated bar Paramyxo vaccination. Their origin is Dutch long
from good fanciers in and around Steenbergen and is predominately Van
like to dedicate this team performance
to my very good friend John Nicholson of Rochester
who has been inspirational to me. His advice over the years
seedcake recipe have contributed in no small way to my success. Thanks
all the hardworking officials that make these races possible."
Calum on an excellent team
performance that should see all three feature well up on the
maintains his excellent loft form
with one to finish at 3rd section 3rd Open vel 1203. Roger writes:-
and only bird home on the day
from six sent is a 3year old widowhood cock now named appropriately
ONLY ONE". He is 3/4 Marcel Aelbrecht and 1/4 Janssen Bros Sire
CRACK 42 bred by Sheldon Leonard from Ireland from his Showman 2 bred
Bros and sire of 2nd Open National from the 019 lines of Janssen. the
dam of Crack
42 is a real beauty and is a direct
of De Marseille x Het Fijn Blauwe - direct Aelbrecht and now the
of Eric limbourg. The.dam of "The Only One" is blue 45 direct Aelbrecht
from a son of Smallen 970 sold on pipa for E15,200 in 2010".
partnership of D.G. Watson & son come in next at 5th Centre section
Open with a three year old blue cock flown on widowhood. He contains
Johnny Dixon bloodlines and has had every one of the BICC channel races
season in the build up to Agen. Shown his hen for 30 minutes on the
basketting he certainly responded well to the stimulus. David and son
team of widowers are exercised twice daily for one hour on each
the flag is used to encourage them if needed.
bird in the west section was clocked by none other than the Wiltshire
and previous International winner Brian Sheppard of Trowbridge vel 1108
Brian is up there with the "All time Greats" of the pigeon sport as
he has been winning at Classic, National and International level for
40 years. Brian's Agen timer is a three
year old grizzle cock flown on widowhood and which has been accross the
four times this season, starting at Guernsey followed by Carentan, Alencon and Tours.
He was then given a two week break from racing before being sent to
grizzle is bred from some of the loft's top performers as his sire has
and 40th Open NFC Tarbes to his credit and his dam is a daughter of
won 2nd Open NFC Saintes I believe. Yet another section win to add to
already impressive list of performances.
of the BICC would be complete without
the name of Cooper near the top and in this Agen race Geoff and
clocked on the day yet again to take 2nd West section 8th Open vel1087
ypm. Geoff and Catherine clocked a three
year old grandson of
Farm Boy, who was a top National and International racer and stock cock
He is called Sol, after Geoff and Catherine's grandson, who was for the
time watching the pigeons come home. Sol arrived home just as it was
dark, flying exactly 14 hours. Geoff had to put the lights on in
to read the clock and wing stamps!
He is raced widowhood and his last race was Tours with the BICC when he was the
bird home. His next race will be Perpignan International, a
abut 638 miles. Sol has previously won 3rd Lyndhurst, 44th National Alencon, 7th
29th National Agen and 3rd section 43rd National Bordeaux.
After being in the basket for six nights Geoff says that the birds
well on their return, a credit to those looking after them.
the East section was one to the Dover
partnership of Geoff and son Clayton Preece. this one takes 9th Open
ypm, and is a German rung three year old. After several attempts to
partners by phone and e mail I'm afraid to say i failed so there is no
info' on the Preece timer.
Completing the top ten and also clocking what
was to prove to be the last of the ten day birds on a velocity of 1007
one to the Waterlooville partnership of A & T Deacon, better known
as Albi Deacon the Chairman of the BICC. Albi has an incredible record
success at National and International level in races out to 700 miles
predominantly Southwell based family of pigeons. This is what Jan
Deacon has to
say about their timer:-
"We clocked our little dark 2 yr. old,
Southwell cock at 21.27 on the night.
almost giving up hope of an arrival that night we had to put the loft
to coax it in. He has flown Alencon B
Tours B.I.C.C. this season prior to the
well bred as his sire is a blue cock named “Panzaro” who
has won 2nd
Sect. 3rd Open Pau, 7th Sec. 22nd Open
9th Sect. 28th Open Pau and his G.Sire was 1st
Open Brive B.I.C.C. for us.
G. Daughter of 1st Open Pau N.F.C.
clocking two of our four entries on the day from the recent Pau
race we are looking forward to the coming races.
to all who clocked on the day in what is a difficult race"
the sections now and the Centre section top three take the top three
in the open. In fact the Centre section take the first five open
Sheppard wins top spot in the west section ahead of Geoff & Catherine Cooper's timer, with Welshman and
Welsh National winner Mark Sparey of Abertillery coming in for 3rd West
vel930 ypm. Mark clocked a blue widowhood cock that won a sheaf of
prizes as a yearling and this season has had Carentan, Alencon and
Messac in the run up to Agen. He
is a grandson of Mark Gilbert's International winner Southfield Supreme
can tell the reader that he is a racing machine appearing on every
result as a yearling before returning from Bergerac badly hawked and
his wattle ripped away.
East section Geoff and Clayton Preece's timer wins top spot vel 1025
Basildon Ace and multiple National winner
Charlie Simmons comes in for 2nd East section vel 975 ypm,with his
entry. This six year old Soontjen widowhood cock was clocked on the day
Agen in 2012 taking 21st Open behind his full brother and double
winner. In the build up to the 2013 Agen race he was entered in three
races with the BICC and BBC as Charlie does not compete at club level.
asked me to pass on his best wishes and congratulations to Mark Gilbert
another excellent performance.
stalwart and former Barcelona winner John Lane of Whitstable takes
section vel 947 ypm, with a two year old dark pied cock which had been
prior to basketting for Agen where he was sent sitting his first ever
eggs. Agen was only the second ever race for the cock as his first race
the BICC two weeks earlier. Although unraced until 2013 he had however
trained three times from accross the English
He is bred from gift birds obtained from John's good friend, and
previous Barcelona winner Terry
Johnson, and contains Terry's Barcelona
winner Spartan in his breeding as well as Frank Perry's Palamos winner,
Llanover Lady bloodlines. The same bloodlines won well for Terry in the
Pau and Barcelona
races with the BICC in 2012.
section winner was clocked at the Chipping Camden loft of Gavin Duggan.
clocked a two year old widowhood cock[vel 990 ypm] containing Red
bloodlines on the sire's side of his pedigree and Barcelona Challenge
through his dam which was purchased direct from the Barcelona Challenge
Gavin's section winner has had three channel races leading up to Agen
by a two week break from racing in preparation for Agen. This is only
third season back in the sport having previous flown with the EDC and
his native Ulster.
spot in the north section is a two year old Desmet Matthys hen racing
Cleethorpes loft of Marco and Cathy Wilson vel869 ypm. The hen was sent
feeding two day old squabs and had raced
just once this year from the MNFC Carentan event prior to going to
had however been trained extensively from 50 miles in the build up to
fed on Versele Laga mixtures she, like the others in the Wilson team, is
exercised twice daily at
comes in next at 3rd North section vel 779 ypm. once again I was unable
contact Robert for more details on his pigeon.
Gilbert wins yet another BICC National and the House of Aarden
youngster into the bargain.
It only remains for me to congratulate all the
successful fanciers on yet another outstanding set of performances on
International stage. Achieved on a day when the conditions certainly
favour the small British contingent and yet they obviously broke away
main convoy and fought the wind to keep to their direct line for home.
Roll on Barcelona!!
43_MarkGilbertwith1stOpenBICC Barcelona 2012SouthfieldTiger mark was 1st Open BICC Agen 2013
Geoff Cooper with grandson Sol
Roger Lowe 3rd sect 3rd Open BICC Agen International
Sol 2nd sect 8th Open Agen International for G & C Cooper
2nd North section BICC Agen International for Mr & Mrs Wilson Cleethorpes
Brian Sheppard & Champion Jingles. Brian looks to be 7th section 7th Open BICC Tours and 1st West section 6th Open BICC Agen 2013
Calum Edmiston 2nd Open BICC Agen International
Charlie Simmons 1st Open BICC Agen International 2012 and 2nd East section BICC Agen 2013
Geoff and Clayton Preece with two of their long distance pathfinders.The Preece's were 1st East section 9th Open BICC Agen
Jan deacon holding the Deacon's Agen timer 10th winning Open BICC
John Lane & good friendTerry Johnson both winners of BICC Barcelona. John was 3rd East section BICC Agen
Marco Wilson holding 2nd North sect BICC Agen, flanked by the two builders who alerted him to her return
Mark Sparey Double Welsh National winner and 3rd West section BICC Agen International 2013
RhiwParcTomos 3rd west section Agen for Mark Sparey of Abertillery
Dave & Daniel Watson 5th sect 5th Open