Combinatie Baas & Berg, De Kwakel
One of the very best marathon lofts in The Netherlands! Since their partnership beginning 2016, the two cousins Richard van de Berg and Paul Baas stormed the rankings and became unstoppable for the competition. Before they teamed up, both Paul and Richard were amongst the champions already, but since they have their pigeons together in the backyard of Richard, the sky is the limit…
2016 was already a good racing season, but 2017 was really great! Combinatie Baas & became Interprovincial Emperors of the Marathon races in the provinces Noord-Holland & Zuid-Holland, but they also won the prestigious Champions League competition of the Fondunie2000 (all long distance fanciers of dpt’s 6-11, in other words: all marathon fanciers “above the rivers”). They picked-up 3 christal jars at the “Sterrenshow” in Kerkrade a few weeks ago which they have won in 2017: 14.National Pau, 13.National Agen ZLU and 8.National Perpignan.
Before they formed a winning team, Paul and Richard individually achieved some super results already:
2012 1.National Cahors (morning liberation) with “Tim”
2013 1.National Cahors (afternoon liberation) with “Vino”
1.Champion Marathon Noord-Holland
1.Champion Marathon Noord & Zuid-Holland
They have enough lofts (5) with more than enough square meters, but not so many pigeons, as Paul and Richard have only 7 breeding couples and about 50-60 older pigeons for the tough ZLU races with morning liberation. From their start, Combinatie Baas & Berg decided to only basket their pigeons for the International races with morning liberation and not participate at the NPO races anymore. This focus on the toughest “morning liberation races” brought them fame within a short matter of time, as it seems that their strain of pigeons can race all day long, from early in the morning till late at night..! It happens quite often that their ECS shows arrivals around 23:00 PM or later, when it is completely dark! In the past season it happened again that their athletes showed this enormous drive to get home before the night falls.
It is this character which seems to be ankered in the genes of their pigeons. Everybody in the Noord-Holland province knows, that whenever their is a change of pigeons arriving late at night, for sure Combinatie Baas & Berg are amongst the fanciers to beat!
“Hellboy” who is a son of 1.National winner “Tim” arrived at 20:36 pm from National Pau
“Leontien” from son “Tim” x daughter “Vino” 1.Provincial, 1.Fondunie2000, 13.National arrived at 21:16 pm from National Agen ZLU, but Combinatie Baas & Berg had 6 pigeons arriving that evening…from 16 arrivals in the whole Province!! The 6th pigeon arrived at 23:08 pm.
“Top Secret” son of “Mr. Bean” arrived from National Marseille at 22:11 while there were only 3 arrivals in the province Noord-Holland that day!
It is this strong character of their pigeons in combination with the fact that their pigeons are true “powerhouses” which makes it fairly easy to say that Paul Baas and Richard van de Berg will be the hotspot for the coming years…