Derby Arona 2016 STARTS



October 31st and the doors close for yet another year for entry into the arona derby tenerife one loft race ,with an estimated prize fund of 250,000 euro and three new cars on offer for the eventual winners of the hotspot races and final event.

Its through hard work of the many co ordinators from around the world the loft at present contains approx 2,700 pigeons and with the final shipments due to arrive before the cut off date the figure will climb to over the 3,000 for this year race ,a record number for the race in its past eleven year existence.

With over 30 countries now competing and with the publicised success of the 2015 race when 196 birds were recorded from the entry of 209 pigeons entered ,the arona tenerife race has attracted a large number of new entries this year ,with many highly profiled fanciers and breeding studs , preparing themselves to test their pigeons against some of the best competition and rugged terrain and sea crossings that this race offers,which entitles itself to claim itself as the the hardest one loft race in the world.


So what makes the arona olr different from an other race around the world, firstly not only is the race performed over both land and sea which itself offers the ultimate challenge for both pigeons and fanciers to overcome,but be it one of the larger established breeding studs or a small back garden loft at the arona all pigeons treated as equal and treated the same.The derby arona one loft race also offers a personal and professional set up in the form of country wide co ordinators from all corners and continents of the world ,who take the time and care of your pigeons within the transition period from your loft to the lofts in tenerife.

Once at the loft the arona team adopt a total transparent policy, as they go about their daily routines ,they not only offer day by day information to participants as too whats happening in and around the loft with the pigeons via the website facilities on training / race days they also provide, as it happened information via livestream during each event.

Each entrant will also receive information as to basketing and arrivals via mms tex services facilities additionally race results are displayed for all to see on the internet,not hours later but as the pigeons arrive and updated accordingly.

But above all jose ,gladys and ledesma family, take time out to offer a warm welcome to anyone that wish to go along to the loft and view the lofts and pigeons housed (subject to prior arrangement) during there stay on the island of tenerife

To give a little insight into the next stages, throughout november whilst it all may seem quieter than usual on the arona website, at the loft there is a lot of activity as the administration team gather all the relevant information on the pigeons present and assign ets rings and photograph each pigeon individually ,which based on the numbers entered is a large task and time consuming operation to undertake,On completion all the information gathered it is then added to the website in fancier/syndicate and country form for viewing, for most who entered earlier in the year this will be the first time that they can visualy see how their entries have matured over the past months, also all new participants should of recieved their unique personal login and password details so that their accounts and relevant information on their pigeons can be accessed, this will become more useful as the racing goes on and the opportunity of pools and nominations come into effect as for the pigeons themselves ,its through the month on november and with no more additions entering the loft, the inmates undergo a series of preventative treatments for the relevant illnesses,such as canker cocci etc to ensure that all are in the best possible condition in preparation for the training and racing programme ahead of them.

December and training begins ,
as always this commences from short distances at first of just a few kilometres to encourage the pigeons to orientate upon liberation and discover the line of flight home ,this increases on a regular bases as the training progresses.

During early december ,between 14th and 2oth dec and after the overcoming the settling in period and with the first five or six training tosses behind them, its NOW time for you the fancier to activate your pigeons which are present ,this is done on the following basis ,the first pigeon is paid through your initial entry fee, and all remaining entries will cost an additional 220 euro per pigeon this obviously we encourage you to do as early as possible to ensure your entries remain within your team ,as this is the only time that you the entrant will have the exclusive opportunity of paying and competing with your own pigeons in future races , failure to do so will result in all unpaid pigeons entering the third party activation period .. remember third party activated pigeon have gone on to win major prizes in past years so your loss could be someone else`s gain.

Third party activation
from december 22nd and through out the xmas and new year period pigeons which were not paid for and activated by the entrant for whatever reason and without exception , now go up for third party activation ,this gives fanciers and interested parties the opportunity of entering the race by purchasing unpaid pigeons for the same price of 220 euro ,and therefore give them the sole rights to any prize monies won by any relevant pigeon.

January and its onwards and northwards as the training becomes more regular with the pigeons being trained further north towards the port of santa cruz before heading out to sea and across the atlantic ocean to gran canaria and fuerteventura ,more on these in future reports as we progress towards the ultimate final race in march when we welcome everyone to enjoy the atmosphere and friendship at the loft throughout the day.

So once again on behalf of the arona team, thank you to the coordinators and the many participants old and new for your interest and participation as we wish everyone competing in THE ARONA DERBY ONE LOFT RACE IN 2016 great success and enjoyment during the 2016 series and look forward to reporting on the leading pigeons once again throughout the campaign.

Important dates for your diary:
October 31st doors close for entry
December 2nd 1st training (subject to weather )
December 14th-20th owners activation
December 22nd third party activation starts

March 14th-18th final race week (subject to weather)

Tom Harris