Its early december and as such with the doors now closed for this years entries into the derby arona Tenerife one loft race, the derby arona team welcome pigeons to Tenerife, as a result of working tirelessly.
The team have reported a record number of pigeons for this year’s campaign as approx 4,000 pigeons are now housed within the loft representing 36 countries from all continents and corners of the world making this year a record breaking year for the derby Arona Tenerife one loft race.
With all entrants in, means a busy time for the arona management team as they document and process each of the pigeons entered within the race into the system. After a few weeks of loft exercise were all set weather permitting to kick things off On the 4th of December as the pigeons were, for the first time be basketed and taken a few km away from the loft and whilst it may seem trivial distances at first, these short
training races are provided to give the birds the experience and override the fear of leaving the crates in mass numbers, orientate and learn the route back to the loft.
It is after the fifth and final pre-selection races from approx. 25 km that the owners and entrants have the opportunity of activating their reserve pigeons this process is done in this way to ensure the entrants that after weeks and months of loft exercise and learning their surroundings the pigeons are settled and ready and in the loft as they we go into the new year when the training recommences and becomes more intense and demanding as they make their way to the north of the island.
After completion of island training the pigeons will be setting out across the Atlantic for a number of mid sea liberations at various points in line with the first island to island survival race from Gran Canaria, this is from where the challenge of leaving land beneath and heading out over the full stretch of open waters in the direction of Tenerife is put before them. Over the years this has proved to be a daunting ask for the pigeons as a little reluctant at first to take on the challenge they finally brave up to the task laid in front of them and come across to return to the loft.
It’s from the island of Gran Canaria that two hotspot races will be held the first from the eastern side followed by the 2 nd hoptspot from the west of the island when participants will be competing for the offer of the cars on offer or cash equivalent, following hotspot two the race moves further east as they pigeons by now have overcome the Atlantic crossing from one island to another, however the next stage is a double island flight from Fuerteventura for hotspot 3 before the final race on or around march 29th depending on the weather at the time as the team wont and don’t take any chances as to the welfare and safest passage possible to complete the course back to the loft.
It’s time to sit tight and experience the 2018/19 Derby Arona Tenerife one loft race!