Basketing Release Race Number of pigeons Category
31 May
04 Jun 08:00
Limoges I | 2017 BV-EB 14924


Beerse: Limoges National is the first long distance race of the season 2017 and the winner is the 2-year old hen “Lotte” (B15-6283779) from long distance racer Erik Joris, Beerse. Clocked on one of the longest distances (694km) she got a speed of 1,329.32 m/m. This chequered hen won against the pigeons from Luypaert Vanessa (Beigem – 1,319.77 m/m) and Verbist Patrick (Langdorp – 1,311.21 m/m).

Explaining that Erik is one of the most happy fanciers of Belgium is not necessary. ‘Who would have ever thought that I would win a national race’, he starts his story, ‘and then on Limoges…you need to know that I’m an extreme long distance racer and that Limoges isn’t marked on my calendar as one of the highlights of the season.
I started off the season with 40 old cocks, 20 old hens, 20 year cocks and 20 year hens. The racing team is being raced without an exception on widowhood (partner stays home). The year bird hens are only being raced to gather the necessary experience, so you can really say that my focus is totally on the extreme long distance races with the old pigeons.


I grew into the pigeon sport end of the seventies. My father, Alfons, was a fancier and seen he worked in shifts, I helped him out taking care of the pigeons. Bit by bit I was caught by the ‘pigeon germ’. Father was a middle distance racer who didn’t have to be ashamed of his results and as a challenge he dared to basket one for Limoges.
End of the nineties a German fancier came and bought some pigeons from my father. And as  thanks he brought 2 pigeons of his own…“Van Wanrooy Tauben” he said…and I could keep them from my father but I had to test them on the races. One of the two… “De kleine zwarten”… survived the yearly selection and when he performed well on his first marathon race out of Biarritz, he enlightened my love for the extreme long distance game.
In 2005, I invested a first time in extreme long distance pigeons from François Struyf. He didn’t only give me good pigeons but also loads of good advice. I got ill in 2011 and I got some help from Anthony Wijninckx. Anthony also brought a huge part of his pigeons and these formed together with the Struyf pigeons the ideal marathon mixture that are showing off at this moment.


There’s a moulting mixture on their menu as a base mixture. I buy 3 different brands Beyers (through Wim Ceusters), Natural and Van Tilburg. I do add a big amount of barley so that there will be about 10% of barley in my base mixture. The last three days before basketing I use 50% moulting – 50% race enriched with extra corn, pealed sunflower seeds and fat holding seeds.

I visited already twice the guy with the white smock but both times everything was OK, so I could leave the medicine cupboard closed.


“Lotte” was coupled just like the other hens in February. She could breed for about 5 days and then the widowhood was a fact. Once the season starts off, the hens are being placed in a ‘resting-loft’ during the week…the cocks are on the loft where they had a nest together. When the hens train, the cocks move to the ‘resting-loft’ and after the training the hens can go to the loft where they had their nest. They eat and drink over there and when all of them are fulfilled, they go back to the ‘resting-loft’ and the cocks can go back to their boxes.

The lofts are in the garden of my parental home. I live a few meters further. When I release the pigeons for their training I can keep an eye on them from my house and when I notice that they’re getting down, I go back to the loft to call them in. I must say that my hens did train really hard the last few weeks. There was a real ‘schwung’ in the group and it wasn’t exceptional that they trained for about 1,5h. Also the week before Limoges there was a lot of ‘power’ in the hens team. When I called them in this week the national winner was missing. After looking around I found her on the loft of the year bird cocks. I left an entrance open on this loft and ‘Lotte’ noticed that. When I found her, she was showing off in the hallway of the year bird cocks. Thinking about this afterwards, this must have been her motivation to get the national victory out of Limoges.

Whether I saw her arrival? Yes…luckily I did…friends told me that we had to clock around 17h. The clock was only at 16h42 when I saw pigeon falling out of the sky as an arrow. I missed a few pigeons from the former race but a latecomer doesn’t come home with this much ‘grinta’. I kept calm as I’m not a fancier who follows everything up-close on the internet and I was already pleased that I had the first record of the “Kempische Fondclub”, but shortly afterwards the phone kept ringing with congratulations for my national victory. I really was perplext!

Erik…from the entire Herbots team a big congratulation with your first national victory. 

"LOTTE" B15-6283779: 1st NATIONAL LIMOGES 14,924b.

"Witte Faroek": father 1st National Limoges

B12-6261998: Mother 1st National Limoges

Stefan Mertens

Number of pigeons


Local Oude/Vieux Jaar./Year. Jong./Jeunes Tota(al)  
Vlaams Brabant          
GOOIK 159     159  
BEERSEL 139     139  
KAP,O/D BOS 127     127  
ANDERLECHT 136     136  
HERENT 367     367  
TIENEN 320     320  
TESTELT 104     104  
BEGIJNENDIJK 34     34  
  1386 0 0 1386  
Brabant Wallon          
CHASTRE 32     32  
NIVELLES 88     88  
RAMILIES 324     324  
WAVRE 95     95  
  539 0 0 539  
WIJNEGEM 88     88  
BEVEL 94     94  
STABROEK 93     93  
OUD-TURNHOUT 118     118  
HERENTALS 100     100  
RETIE 74     74  
HOUTVENNE 73     73  
MOL 166     166  
BEERSE 41     41  
SINT-JOB-IN-'T GOOR 335     335  
MECHELEN 56     56  
SCHILDE 100     100  
  1338 0 0 1338  
Local Oude/Vieux Jaar./Year. Jong./Jeunes Tota(al)  
STEENBRUGGE 487     487  
AVELGEM 129     129  
ROESELARE 368     368  
GISTEL 297     297  
KORTRIJK 324     324  
REKKEM 401     401  
VLAMERTINGE 433     433  
WAREGEM 270     270  
WINGENE 290     290  
KORTEMARK 808     808  
  3807 0 0 3807  
AALST 237     237  
DENDERMONDE 167     167  
NINOVE 364     364  
LOKEREN 344     344  
SINT-GILLIS-WAAS 258     258  
ZOTTEGEM 297     297  
EEKLO 695     695  
MOERBEKE 563     563  
GENT 247     247  
RONSE 287     287  
  3459 0 0 3459  
MAASEIK 203     203  
ST TRUIDEN 268     268  
TONGEREN 313     313  
ZONHOVEN 241     241  
LANAKEN 218     218  
  1533 0 0 1533  
Local Oude/Vieux Jaar./Year. Jong./Jeunes Tota(al)  
LESSINES 243     243  
SOIGNIES 221     221  
ATH 179     179  
ESTINNES-AU-VAL 368     368  
TOURNAI 346     346  
LEUZE-EN-HAINAUT 206     206  
PONT-A-CELLES 291     291  
FROIDCHAPELLE 145     145  
MARBAIX-LA-TOUR 25     25  
GIVRY 122     122  
  2146 0 0 2146  
COUVIN 65     65  
HASTIERE 48     48  
FORVILLE 77     77  
FALISOLLE 58     58  
  248 0 0 248  
LIEGE 66     66  
VISE 74     74  
HERVE 263     263  
HANEFFE 34     34  
  437 0 0 437  
ARLON 31     31  
  31 0 0 31  
TOTAL 14924 0 0 14924  
EN /IN 2011  19373          
EN /IN 2012 13781          
EN /IN 2013 14271          
EN /IN 2014 18390          
EN/IN 2015 15009          
EN/IN2016 13513          


Below you can find the results

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