# The now tried and tested ODRA Loft-grouping competition

After 3 years of trial and tests with measuring 345 lofts, 4 Unions and 27 clubs, the following realities became evident;
It is the only fair and accurate Loft-performance measurement in the Racing pigeon sport today.
However, this competition will never replace the old tested and trusted measurement of;
“The winning bird is the one with the highest velocity”
Nor was it ever intended to do so. The Loft grouping method uses the results of the “Highest velocity”, and in fact, it is not possible to calculate the results of Loft Grouping without first determining the club results the normal way.
After three years of scrutinising the available results, it is now possible to answer the following questions;
1. Is it a true result that awards the best competing fanciers nationally as the South African or provincial Champion?
• It is firstly impossible to determine a National winning loft by using velocity alone as the determining factor, we all know that factors of different weather conditions will make such a result laughable, to say the least. Furthermore, even results within the same organisation, when liberated together from the same destination and all birds flying in the same direction, are always influenced by the location of the loft, wind direction as well as geographical factors. To determine the best National loft remains a guess and the winners of the large organisations with the expensive pigeons and methods will always expect to be awarded the honors.
The basis of the Odra Loft-grouping is, “Distance behind the first bird in an area” and not the speed of the first bird.
“If one bird could have achieved an arrival at a certain speed then, theoretically it was possible for all the birds to have accomplished the same performance”
Therefore the use of the “marker” which is the first arrival in each CLUB. Is the only true method to find out what was possible in that location or area under the same conditions. By using net flying time of the “Marker” and multiplying it with the velocity of the second we calculate the distance the second bird traveled in the same net flying time as the marker. Repeat the process with the next three birds and calculate the average distance the first four birds of each loft were behind their markers and you have a winner in the loft with the smallest average of distance, not time. Wind speed from the front or on the tail has no effect as it is the distance not the speed that determine the winner.
2. But surely a weak club with below average performing members and birds stands a better chance of being awarded the honors?