A Handicap System
Throwing the Cat amongst the Pigeons
Once again this is just a concept to provoke forward thinking in a stagnate sport. For anything to move forward a first step must be taken, then another and so on! Most of the problems in our sport can be overcome, problems only need solutions, but many will not even attempt to try and develop a new idea or concept, this has not been the normal thing to do. I have now travelled and conducted many talks and discussions regarding new concepts for pigeon racing, I have listened to many people telling me their problems in their own areas, but I must say, the same problems are happening everywhere!
We do not have a National Body which can help with any problems so many people are just left to their own situations; with declining numbers in our sport this is not acceptable from my point of view.
Now lets look at a couple of things which should be obvious, but people will always make excuses as to why things need to stay the same, usually because they will not have or maintain the advantage if something new is introduced, they do not want the racing to be competitive.
· Why do people who live in the eastern areas always have the best racing results?
· Why do people seek to move to these areas to race their pigeons?
· What and where is the drop Zone?
· Why is it that the people who take the control of clubs usually live in these areas?
· Which direction do the prevailing winds come from?
· Can terrain play any part in the results?
There are two types of fancier, the racer and the breeder, the first (racer) will obtain good results in racing but usually with birds not bred by himself! The second may not have good racing results in his own loft, but his birds win in many different lofts in many different locations around the country. It is very rare but on occasions you will find a fancier who is both, now there are other factors to take into account, I would not put someone into the third category if they breed many hundreds of birds, even up to a thousand, each year and achieve good results, the fact of the matter is the odds are stacked in their favour already. Eg. If a fancier breeds 130 birds per year and sends some to breeders plate sales and else where and still races a small team the odds of him scoring recognition against a fancier that breeds up to 800 birds and send them everywhere is very slim. The guy breeding 800 would have to get a few birds up in the results even with average quality stock; it is just a pure numbers game. But many people still obtain or buy birds from the guys that are flooding the market with a shot gun effect and knowing that some are going to score somewhere.
I will now
show some basic maps and explain my thoughts on the line of flight of birds
when racing. I will look at the scenario everyone wishes to have and then show
the actual flight paths of birds just wit
It is only because I have been travelling around talking to many people about new concepts over the past 7 years that different people are now starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel, even if it may seem small at this stage. For so long many people have left the sport disillusioned at the poor management of organisations and lack of improvements, Yes the sport will die if no one sets about to change the way things are done.
Now I will explain the examples further that each loft has exactly the same of the following:
· Quality of birds.
· Both lofts are equal distance from the release point
Now from the pictures you can see Part A is the ideal line of flight for any particular race. All birds fly directly to their home loft without any interference of any outside elements. In this scenario birds should arrive at their home lofts at exactly the same time.
throw in the prevailing westerly winds, this already has changed the playing
field dramatically in favour of the Easterly Loft. The birds will be pushed to
the east and then the westerly lofts birds will actually fly a much further
path than the East loft as they are pushed further into the east at the release
point, thus the East loft will have birds landing at their loft well before the
West loft. Now sometimes birds can break and head for their loft not far from
the release point, but the east loft birds are pushed towards their loft and do
not have to turn into a head wind whic
Now let’s throw some more variables into the equation!
We can start by putting in ranges and hills; these could also be lakes or rivers, for the example. Birds will naturally take a line of flight which is dictated by the terrain, they also fly around mountains, ranges or hills rather than flying over the top! They will look for gaps that they can get through, rather than try and expose themselves to open country where they can be spotted by falcons easily. Exceptions to this will be on days with clear skies, the birds can fly very high and fly over obstacles such as I have mentioned, but this is still rare.
So refer to
Part D you can see the obstacles the birds would encounter, now as the birds
cannot fly direct to the west loft due to the hills, these birds are again at a
disadvantage before the race has even started, and they will still have to fly
a longer race than the east loft birds. Now let’s look at the equation wit
Now on a visit
to the Wagga Wagga some years ago, I was interested
in an idea that, I think the Albury Wodonga club were using (a very similar
system, but slightly different). Now this is where at least people are
searching for solutions to problems and not just saying “that is the way it
always has been”, “we can’t change anything”. Now this got me into great
example: The Stawell Gift -
Now basically, what can happen is that when the birds reach the drop zone, they turn and then head towards the west lofts, now if the birds sit on a steady speed, maybe 70 – 80 km per hour, then the guys in the west have their birds cover a certain distance at that speed, so therefore using a formula a time can be deducted from the West flyers. The same system can also have time added to fanciers that have overfly, working on how much overfly (direct line with drop zone) and once again the speed of 70 – 80km per hour speed. You need to experiment with these things but it is interesting how the racing can be made more exciting and keep people interested in the sport.
Some people may call this a break point, but a break point is different uses a different formula to adjust racing, many times I have seen the break point used totally incorrectly, therefore disadvantaging fanciers and also chasing people away from the sport again. To try new things is very hard for a sport with people who are too scared to even open their minds to simple improvements to the sport, computers, GPS and release conditions monitoring, the internet and computers are wonderful tools if used correctly.
Feel free to contact me for further details and to discuss the formula that I have not published.