When in 1951 Cureghem Centre started as Barcelona race responsable, there was not so easy and many difficulties were found. The 1956 edition was a rather special one due to the puur number of basketing pigeons, only 885, and there were plans to put an end to it. But then, in 1957, nobody knew why, suddenly 3,350 birds participated. 1957 was also the first year that the winner was a German.
Then, in 1959, the Dutch were allowed to participate and this was the beginning of a great story, THE GREAT STORY OF BARCELONA INTERNATIONAL HAD BEING STARTED.1993 edition was the one with the highest number of pigeons liberated with 33.044 entries; and the Great podium was taken by the legend dutch fancier, Jan Theelen, with his super hen “Rikky”.
Super birds would win and… would never come back home.
These are some figures and names about the famous race.