the sport of kings

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Over the next few days,weeks,month’s,I will be building this site up to try and give people an insite to the sport of pigeon racing, if anyone has any articles or ideas forward them and let’s see how we can develop this site


While there is no definite proof, there are compelling reasons to think the sport of racing pigeons may go back at least as

far as 220 AD or possibly earlier.

Pigeon racing is the sport of releasing specially trained racing pigeons, which then return to their homes over a carefully

measured distance. The time it takes the animal to cover the specified distance is measured and the bird’s rate of travel

is calculated and compared with all of the other pigeons in the race to determine which animal returned at the highest


The sport achieved a great deal of popularity in Belgium in the mid 19th century. The pigeon fanciers of Belgium were so

taken with the hobby that they began to develop pigeons specially cultivated for fast flight and long endurance called

From Belgium the modern version of the sport and the Voyageurs which the Flemish fanciers developed spread to most parts of

the world. Once quite popular, the sport has experienced a downturn in participants in some parts of the world in recent

years, possibly due to the rising cost of living, aging fanciers, and a severe lack of public interest.

Pigeon racing requires a specific breed of pigeon bred for the sport, the “Racing Homer”. Competing pigeons are specially

trained and conditioned for races that vary in distance for approximately to 100 to 1000 km.

The winner of a pigeon race is the bird with the highest velocity, measured in ypm or mpm; this calculation demands that

the distance be divided into yards, then divide the yards by the number of minutes it took the bird to return. Since races

can often be won and lost by seconds, many different timing and measuring devices have been developed. The traditional

timing method involves rubber rings being placed into a specially designed clock, whereas a newer development uses ETS tags

to record arrival time.

One recent development in the sport of pigeon racing is “one loft racing”, where birds are raced against each other under

the same training regime, in an effort to test the best birds rather than the best trainer.


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