# Sensational new “add-on” competition for pigeon Racing

### LOFTGROUPING

Now, thanks to the new sensational competition that uses the velocity calculations of a specific race and at the same time generates a result based on:-

“THE DISTANCE TRAVELLED BY THE RACER IN THE SAME NET FLYING TIME AS THE WINNER IN HIS CLUB.”

To determine how far the winner was ahead of the second bird when it clocked.

### Wow, that is confusing, never heard of that before!!

Let us try and, put that into more understandable terminology:-

In one loft races, like the South African Million dollar race, all the birds fly the same distance, at their own speed, and the spectators see the winner/s arriving minutes or hours before the remaining competitors, and the onlookers will remark, “The winner won the race by so many (1,15, or 45) minutes.”

Have you ever stopped to think “How far (measured in meters) was the winner ahead of the second bird.”

To Reach an answer for that question one would simply multiply the difference in arrival times with the velocity or speed of the second bird and walla, you now know that the first bird won the race by XYZ meters. As an example let us explain how you would achieve a “loftgrouping” for that specific OLR.

• The first bird arriving would be called the “marker” and the net flying time of the marker will be used as a constant.
• The velocity of each of the next arrivals will be multiplied by the constant of the Marker, to attain a distance travelled of by the measured bird in the same net-flying time as the marker.
• To obtain an average distance of the first four birds behind the marker, you would simply add the four distances behind the marker and divide by 4.

Think about this carefully and if you can grasp this concept the calculation of loftgrouping is a breeze.

• The marker in Loftgrouping is the first bird in every competing club and again the net flying time of the marker will be used as a constant.
• The second birds distance traveled in the same net-flying time of the club’s marker is calculated by multiplying its velocity with the constant of the marker.
• The difference between the two distances is the distance that the second bird was “behind” the Marker.
• The same calculation is repeated with the third and fourth birds.
• The sum of all the calculations divided by 4 will give you the average of your loft.
• Due to the competing lofts being nationally located and the difference in race distances, the average is again divided by the net flying time to arrive at a result of KLPHF. Kilometers Lost Per Hour of Flight.
• It stands to reason that the smaller the total liberation the easier it would be to achieve a good grouping, also if the team size differ from 15Therefore the following handicaps will apply.Therefore the following handicap system has been adopted after three years of intense, measured results.
• <1000 Pigeons liberated = Plus 0.650 KLPHF
• <2000 Pigeons liberated = Plus 0.500 KLPHF
• <3000 pigeons liberated = Plus 0.250 KLPHF
• <4000 pigeons liberated = 0

Team size of 15 birds              4 birds measured

Team size of 20 birds              5 birds measured