There are several fanciers, albeit few and far between, who relish the challenge of extreme distance racing, this is usually over 800 miles. The BICC International races allow fanciers to compete at these extreme distances with races over 700 and 800 miles. The fancier Jim Emerton, himself an 800-mile virtuoso, thought that reporting on extreme distance fanciers would offer an insight into the mindset of these fanciers and encourage others to think about taking up the challenge. For many years now, Jim has sponsored three fantastic BICC trophies, to reward those fanciers who have excelled at the distance. They are awarded to the winner of the highest velocity over 750 miles, the best two bird average from Barcelona and the Ace International pigeon award, recorded in two International races in the same year.
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