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Victoria Falls World Challenge Pigeon Race (ZW) Final Winners & Ace Pigeons

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In great momentum, the International One Loft Race has gained Victoria Falls prestige. In a dreamlike environment under fair but tough conditions, the participants compete for a prize pool of more than $1.5 million. Top players worldwide send their best pigeons to this prestigious competition, whose winners and ace pigeons are highly valued in the international pigeon sport. In terms of status, this prestigious flight takes the place of the Million Dollar race more and more.

The 2023 series was a tough edition in which the participating pigeons had to overcome considerable challenges. Truly a titanic battle, in which more than 4,600 pigeons started the first training flight and the final had a number of participants of 735 pigeons. Great prestige in the Victoria Falls race is the Super Ace competition, which covers all Hot Spot 3-4-5-6 and the final; in short, the heaviest and most selective races. The Grand Average ace competition covers all flights, including training flights.

The length of the series really demands the very best from the pigeons in this one loft race. There is no international one loft race that allows the pigeons to fly more KM than Victoria Falls WCPR. More than 4,000 km have been covered by the pigeons that have completed the final. An exceptional performance on the African continent where drought, limited water on the route, often very strong side winds of up to 25 km/h, high temperatures,… ensured that especially the pigeons that did not make any mistakes along the way in the Hot Spots, also reached the final could reach.

Finally, the final was a real cracker, with the super winner from Hans-Paul Esser flying for 45 minutes, one of the most iconic one loft race winners ever, bred from the line of Purdey, himself one of the best Million Dollar Race pigeons ever.

In the end, only 17 pigeons reached their home base on day 1. On days 2 and 3, many die-hards returned with great regularity.

Some statistics:

  • Hot Spot I (192 km) with 3,646 p.– fastest pigeon 1,468 mpm
  • Hot Spot II (237 km) with 3,379 p. – fastest pigeon 1520 mpm
  • Hot Spot III (318 km) with 3,069 p. – fastest pigeon 1520 mpm
  • Hot Spot IV (435 km) with 2,412 p. – fastest pigeon 1533 mpm
  • Hot Spot V (318 km) with 1,105 p. – fastest pigeon 1645 mpm
  • Hot Spot VI (435 km) with 943 p. – fastest pigeon 1687 mpm
  • Final (583 km) with 735 p. – fastest pigeon 1170 mpm

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