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Le Tour Des Maritimes Testing Station Details 2008



Le Tour Des Maritime Invitational Testing Station is a series of 9 races totaling   2500 km (1550 miles) over one of the most challenging courses in Canada.  Just flying all 9 races and arriving home is an accomplishment.  Flying all races in race time can be described as an outstanding achievement.   Needless to say, flying two 450 km races on the day from St Peters on Cape Breton Island from one of the most difficult release points in Canada, can be considered remarkable.   It was done last year.


- Entry to the Le Tour Des Maritimes Testing Station is by invitation only.  About fifteen 5-bird teams with 2 backups will be invited.  Only 5 bird teams will be accepted and one per fancier.  Backups will automatically replace any birds lost prior to the beginning of racing.  If backups are not needed they can be activated for an additional $40 each.
- Birds must be shipped between May 10th & June 1st via Air Canada directly to Bathurst and they should be eating and drinking and without having dropped their 1st flight .  The Le Tour Testing station has been planned for 2nd round birds when first mating up around mid to late February.   See Breeding Chart 
- The perch fee is $200 for the team of which $100 is due by March 15th, 2008 to confirm your entry.  The balance is due with your shipment of the birds.
- There will be no prize money and no buy back.  All birds that have completed the series successfully will be auctioned off except those that have performed poorly and or are not healthy.  The proceeds will be divided 50% breeder and 50% handler.  Pedigrees must be supplied with as much relevant breeding and flying information as is available.
- I will enter a 5 bird team.  As well, I will breed teams for 2 personal friends that have supported the     Le Tour for years but don't keep racing pigeons.  Since the main purpose of the Le Tour Testing Station (TTS) is to test my birds against the best competition available, my own young bird team will fly with the entries but their performance will be recorded separately.  If any of them remain at the end of the season, some of them may be entered in the auction.  For auction purposes their performance will be published as an integrated result with the Le Tour entries; however, the results of the Le Tour entries will remain separate. 
- The management believes that natural immunity is the most important factor for young pigeons to do well in one loft futurity racing so the goal is not to use medication unreasonably and preferably not at all. However, birds will be treated for PMV.  In 2006 the youngsters were only treated with Amoxicillin and Metronidazole just before the beginning of training.  They also received a treatment for canker after the short series was over (2 x 100 km & 2 x 180 km).  Natural products were used to enhance their immunities to help them combat foreign pathogens.  (probiotics, GSE, ACV, garlic, Bio-mos, minerals, iodized salt etc.)
- The management will treat all youngsters as any successful loft would.  Sickly youngsters and youngsters with bad attitudes who are detrimental to the loft environment and racing program will be eliminated from the race team, e.g. "infrequent flyers".  In regards to sickly youngsters - the management will make a decision whether some form of medical treatment will correct the problem quickly.  If treatment is decided it will only last 3 days and if no improvement is apparent the youngster will be removed from the race team.  For example, if canker is spotted in a youngster's mouth, it will receive a quarter tablet of Metronidazole for 3 days.
- The deep litter system will be used, birds will be flown on the light system, exercised in the morning for approximately 1 hour and once racing begins thy will receive no training but their 1 hour daily exercise period.
- The birds will receive at least 8 training tosses before racing begins at 107 km.  Training will begin around mid July.
- Releases will not be in rain or fog but may be in mainly overcast skies with a higher probability of rain than tolerated for past Le Tours - the standard for releasing the birds will be similar to at a club or combine level.
- The goal will be to fly 9 races totaling 2500 km (1550 miles) during a period of less than 8 weeks.  The management reserves the right to alter the training and or racing schedule if they deem it necessary.
See tentative racing schedule below.
- Reporting will be as comprehensive as it has been in the past and I guarantee that you will receive as much information and likely more than you are receiving now from the other futurities. Youngsters will be issued an eband upon arrival and inventories will be updated regularly.  Participants wanting to know the circumstance of the loss of their birds can email me for that information.  See: 2006 Diary, Race Reports

Comparison of the TTS to Other Similar Races

Map of the Course   Provided by Nelson Paw   Note: The New Glasgow release has been replaced by 2 Truro releases and the Canso and Sydney race points were replaced by 2 St Peters flights on Cape Breton Island.

Andrew Skrobot

302 Rosehill Road

Rosehill, NB

E2A 7H4

(506) 546 2073




This is the tentative racing schedule.  Weather permitting training will begin Mid July.  At least 2 training tosses will be given from each of the following distances: 10 km, 20 km, 40 km and 70 km.  


Release Point Distance
Aug 1 Kouchibouguac 100 km
Aug 2 Kouchibouguac 100 km
Aug 5 Moncton 200 km
Aug 9 Moncton 200 km
Aug 16 Truro 310 km
Aug 23 Truro 310 km
Aug 30 Antigonish 370 km
Sept 6 St Peters 450 km
Sept 16 St Peters 450 km