Rules & Regulations

Please read our list of rules and regulations
below for participation in the
Barcelona International One Loft Race

  1. All participants must pay an entry fee of €250 (£220) in full before their team of 4 pigeons can be accepted for delivery into the Barcelona International One Loft Race (henceforth referred to as BIOLR).
  2. There is NO limit on the number of teams that participants can enter.
  3. Teams must include 4 pigeons.
  4. Bank transfers to be made payable to;

    BANK DETAILS:     Lloyds Bank – BARCELONA INTERNATIONAL ONE LOFT RACE ORGANIZERS 
     SORT CODE:  30-90-99        ACC NO:  31918168
     IBAN:  GB69LOYD30909931918168          BIC/SWIFT CODE:  LOYDGB21368
     *PLEASE USE YOUR NAME OR SYNDICATE NAME AS A REFERENCE WHEN MAKING ONLINE PAYMENTS

  5. Cheques to be made payable to;   BARCELONA INTERNATIONAL ONE LOFT RACE ORGANIZERS   (posted to 1O STOCKS CLOSE, GREAT BIRCHAM, KING’S LYNN NORFOLK, UK PE31 6QS)
  6. The fee secures ONE main pigeon and THREE reserve pigeons.
  7. Pigeons must be between the ages of 35 and 50 days when arriving at the BIOLR.
  8. Pigeons must be rung with official rings for the year of their birth.
  9. All pigeons must be accompanied by a pedigree that shows parents as a minimum. Legitimacy of these pedigrees is the responsibility of the participant and the BIOLR assumes no responsibility for this.
  10. Pigeons must arrive at the BIOLR between JAN 1ST and JULY 20TH 2020
  11. Pigeons must be vaccinated for PMV at least one week prior to arrival at the BIOLR.
  12. Pigeons will be vaccinated again several times by the organisers over the months leading up to races.
  13. Birds will be raced naturally as youngsters. 
  14. Birds will be raced on a form of widowhood system as yearlings. This applies to both cocks and hens.
  15. Birds will be raced on a form of widowhood system as two year olds. This applies to both cocks and hens.
  16. No youngsters will ever be taken from the participating pigeons by the BIOLR.
  17. Spare pigeons provided by the organisers will be made available for any odd numbers in cocks and hens so that all race under the same circumstances as closely as possible. 
  18. In the event that a main pigeon is lost and does not return, or is unable to compete for any reason in the final race of each year, pigeon number two on the entry form will assume the role of main pigeon. This will also apply to pigeon 2, 3 and lastly 4.
  19. Pigeons cannot be swapped between teams.
  20. Should all 4 pigeons be unable to compete through loss or any other reason, then the participants will be allowed one free entry into the BIOLR the following year. This will apply to the main pigeon. The remainder of the team will need activating as usual.
  21. Reserve pigeons can be activated shortly before the final race each year for €250 Euros each in order to be eligible to compete for prize money. 
  22. A period of 1 month will be given to each participant and will end approximately 3 weeks before the scheduled final race of the year. In this remaining 3 week period, the general public will be offered the option to activate inactivated pigeons.
  23. The activation fee for each pigeon will be €250 Euros.
  24. Should the participant not wish to activate their reserve pigeon/s, then they will be offered to the general public for activation at €250 Euros each. The new activator will be entitled to all winnings and prizes. 
  25. At the end of the Young Bird race, pigeons will remain at the BIOLR over winter and will then move onto the Yearling Race in year two. 
  26. A reactivation fee of €250 Euros for the main pigeon will be required between January 1st and March 31st at the start of the yearling season.
  27. Should participants not wish to reactivate their birds then the birds will be offered to the general public after 31st March. The new activator will be given first option on the remaining birds in that team when activation of reserves takes place before the final race of the year.
  28. Any remaining reserve pigeons can again be activated for €250 Euros each in a period of one month in the build up to the yearling race, to be held in June. Again, this one month period will end 3 weeks before the scheduled race and any inactive pigeons will be offered to the general public in these 3 weeks. As before, the new activator will be entitled to all winnings.
  29. On completion of the Yearling Race, all pigeons will again remain at the BIOLR and move onto year three .
  30. In year three , remaining main pigeons will again require a €250 Euro reactivation fee from January 1st to March 31st. 
  31. Should participants not wish to reactivate their birds then the birds will be offered to the general public after 31st March. The new activator will be given first option on the remaining birds in that team when activation of reserves takes place before the final race of the year.
  32.  Any remaining reserve pigeons can again be activated for €250 Euros in a period of 1 month in the build up to the final BARCELONA INTERNATIONAL RACE in July. Again, this one month period will end 3 weeks before the scheduled race.
  33. Should the participant not wish to activate their reserve pigeons then they will be offered to the general public to activate for €250 Euros each in a period of 3 weeks leading up to the final race.
  34. Any pigeons not activated in any of the races will still be sent to each race, but will not be eligible for any BIOLR prize money and will be in the name of the one loft race organisers. 
  35. All prize money will be paid out on completion of the races and confirmed results. Prize money will be restructured should the number of birds be less than 500 activated pigeons for each race.
  36. If a pigeon is activated by a new participant, the bird will return to the original ownership after the race. 
  37. Should any newly activated pigeon by a new activator (not the original participant) not be basketed for a final race for any reason then they shall be entitled to a refund on that pigeon. The lost team rule for a free entry the following year will not apply to new activators as they did not enter an original team.
  38. At the end of the Barcelona International One Loft Race, all remaining pigeons will be auctioned, with  50% of the money to the participant that activated the pigeon and 50% to the BIOLR organisers after auction expenses.
  39.  Any pigeon being auctioned that has not been activated will result in the BIOLR taking 100% of the auction price after expenses.
  40. Pigeons may NOT be withdrawn from the BIOLR for the duration of the complete race series. They must remain until completion of the Barcelona International Race, at which point they will be auctioned.
  41.  All decisions to send pigeons to training or races are taken by the BIOLR organisers alone and this is final. The best care and attention will be given to these decisions. Should active pigeons be held in the loft then participants will be contacted and notified of the reason. The participant will be entitled to a refund on this particular pigeon if active and not participating in any final race for that year.
  42. This will be a non spectator event as the organisers feel that the birds need to return to the loft with no distractions in order to give them the best chance to win the Barcelona International Race. Instead, a live stream will appear on the website homepage and also on Facebook Live. Training tosses will also feature a live feed at the home end around the anticipated arrival times.
  43. Training and race dates may be subject to changes at the discretion of the organisers (with the exception of the Barcelona race, which is out of the control of the organisers). Circumstances may include, but are not limited to, adverse or extreme weather, liberation site availability, transportation issues, DEFRA or other official body rulings. The BIOLR team are dedicated to the well-being of the animals and all decisions will be made with their best interests at the root.
  44. Pigeons will be entered into the B.I.C.C (British International Championship Club) race from Barcelona for the INTERNATIONAL race. They will be convoyed with this organisation for this race only.
  45. All birds entered into the BIOLR will need to be officially transferred to the ownership of T. Byrne in order to be eligible to compete at the Barcelona International Race and be eligible for B.I.C.C winnings, trophies and International prizes or awards. This includes ring cards and any other form of transfer.
  46. Prize money will be restructured if there are less than 500 activated pigeons in a final race. This includes the Ace Pigeon prize monies.  
  47.  Any issues arising from the rules are subject to the discretion of the organisers and they reserve the right to be able to adjust small details for the benefit of the race and the integrity of the competition. In unusual or unforeseen circumstances, each case will be reviewed, with the decision of the organisers being final.
  48. On entering into the BIOLR you agree to all of the above rules and regulations