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Le Tour Des Maritimes Invitational Testing Station

 2006 Summary

 

Preamble

One of my reasons for ending the Le Tour des Maritimes was to spend more time with my own birds looking for potential breeders for futurities.  Since I am the only fancier in the vicinity, all training would be done by me and the schedule would have to be as challenging, if not more so, than the original Le Tour.   The decision was made to invite some Maritime fanciers to join me, asking a modest perch fee to help defray the cost associated with such a venture.  Because there are so few of us in the Maritimes that actively fly pigeons, some out of area fanciers who were interested in testing their birds on this course  were also invited .  As well as providing a service for other fanciers, this would also give me the competition to validate the testing program.  For this pilot project, about 60 outside birds (5 per participant) were invited.   Hence, the Le Tour Des Maritimes Invitational Testing Station was conceived.  

 The Challenge

Le Tour Des Maritime Invitational Testing Station is a series of 9 races totaling 2480 km (1550 miles) over one of the most challenging courses in Canada.  Just flying all 9 races and arriving home is an accomplishment.  Flying all races in race time can be described as an outstanding achievement.   Needless to say, flying two 450 km races on the day from St Peters on Cape Breton Island, one of the most difficult release points in Canada, is remarkable. 

Facts

- 81 entries of which 71 began racing and 28 were still in the loft at the end of the season
-18 birds flew the series in race time
- birds received no medication until just before training
- birds were flown on the light system
- birds were only exercised in the morning for approximately 1 hour
- birds received 8 training tosses before racing began at 107 km
- once racing began the birds received no training but their 1 hour daily exercise
- birds flew 9 races totaling 2480 km (1550 miles) during a period of less than 8 weeks
- birds flew the last 5 races  totaling 1900 km (1188 miles) in a period of 5 weeks
- birds flew the last 3 races totaling 1270 km (794 miles) in a period of 19 days
- 5 birds were in the first drop both times from 450 km
- 9 birds flew 450 km on the day twice and 21 at least once
- this is a predominantly head wind course, the prevailing winds are from the NW
- the birds had to fly through rain and fog on several occasions during training and racing
- flying velocities ranged from 646 m/m to 1083 m/m for an average of 928.4 m/m
- this is a 50/50 auction

Map of the Course   Provided by Nelson Paw   Note: The New Glasgow release was replaced by 2 Truro releases and the Canso and Sydney race points were replaced by 2 St Peters flights on Cape Breton Island.

Andrew Skrobot    (506) 546 2073     email

 

  Click on thumbnails to see photograph of bird, pedigree and its performance.

CU 3730 ORI 211    VIC 244 CU 15478  VIC 219  MP 13430

         

 ORI 224  CU 15433  CU 21551  CU 15412 CU 15407  ORI 210

                                                                          

 MP 13418  CU 15442 CU 3741  CU 15475  CU 26636 SL 440

                                                                                                                            

 VIC 232  CU 23099 CU 15429

 RoseHill Loft Birds Flown But Not Entered

Placement assumes that all these birds were entered as an integrated result.

CU 15480 CU 15481 CU 15493

CU 15424

                                                 

CU 15485

06 CU 15449

CU 15435

CU 15489