Viborg Loevel

Loevel Speedway

(Church Valley)

Track name: Loevel Speedway
Track owner: Viborg Motor Klub
Track address: 10 Havrisvej Loevel, DK 8830 Tjele.
Length: 420 meter
Track surface: Firmly rolled soil
Straights width: 12 m.
Bends width: 16 m.
Opened year/date: August 10. 1947

Kirkedalen (The Church Valley) The Kirkedal track and the Loevel track is the same on the address Kirkedalen 11. There is a discrepancy in the datas. A Google search shows a track length of 384 meters, but that can have been changed.
A meeting programme from the Kirkedal track dated August 10 1947 refers to the opening of the Loevel track.

The Loevel track hosted through many years the “Store Bededags Race” (see note below), a prestigious race that attracted many international top riders as well as the best of the Danish speedway stars.Further a number of matches in the Danish team tournament series were ridden there. For a period of time in the eighties the track also hosted the Sports Motor club Odin from Odense which after the closing of the Fangel track had become “homeless”

Note: Originally the “Store Bededag” was a religious day by royal decision to unite a vast number of local praying days into one Great Praying Day common for the entire kingdom. Nowadays the majority of the Danes consider it more like a “Bank Holiday”, a Friday well suited for a prolonged week end.

Løvel 001

This airview shows the Loevel track on the opening day in 1947.

Løvel åbning
DMU’s president Mr. Elwin Hansen inaugurates the track.

The track was (is) located in a landscape of beautiful rolling hills west of the village Løvel at the main road A13, 11 km. north of the greater city Viborg. (See map)The access from the A13 as well as the spectator’s over viewing the track from the terraces were ideal.

Løvel situationsplan

The map shows the fine access to and parking facilities at the track.
The narrow pathway north of the track is Kirkedalen – (the Church Valley)

n impressive sight with 6 riders fighting in the bend on Loevel speedway

1957-09-01 #001a Program - Kirkedalen Scrapbook 1-46

September 1. 1957, The Jutland Championships:
Special 500 cc.
1. Aksel Müller, Aarhus
2. Jeppe Ussing, Aarhus

Senior Std. 500 cc.
1.Knud Nielsen, Aarhus
2. Arne Svendsen, Silkeborg

Sidecars 500 cc.
1. Carl Andersen / Harry B. Andersern, Aarhus
2. Harry Pedersen / Gunnar Williams, Aarhus

Sidecars 750 cc.
1. H. C. Callesen / Ludvig Schmidt, Aabenraa
2. Kaj Christensen / Egon Thomsen Aalborg.

April 28.  1972.
Danish tournament meeting between the Fortress boys from Fredericia, the Pirates from Aarhus, Hadeslev Lions and the Vikings from Esbjerg.
Further a sidecar class and an automobile class. 2500 spectators watched:
1. Esbjerg Vikings 38 point,                     3 match point.
2. Fredericia Fortress boys  34 point ,   2 match point.
3. Aarhus Pirates 31 point,                     1 match point.
4. Haderslev Lions     6 point,                 0 match point.

1. Niels Kjeldsen / Gert Nielsen,             Aarhus                       12 point.
2. Pauli Pedersen / M Tholstrup             Odense                        6 point.
3. Leo Ry Hansen / Ole Andersen           Odense                        4 point.

May 18. 1973: International Expert meeting.
Ole Olsen’s meeting with Ivan Mauger and Barry Briggs attracted 10.000 fans to Loevel Speedway, where also some fine national heats in other classes got absolved plus some automobile heats.

Int. expert 500 cc.
1. Ole Olsen             DK                        22 point.
2. Ivan Mauger        NZ                        21 point.
3, Barry Briggs         NZ                        15 point.
4. J. E. Krause Kjaer DK                        12 point.
5. Kurt Bogh             DK                          5 point.

Junior special 500 cc.
1. Ernst Bogh, Fredericia                     20 point.
2. Finn Kissow, Haderslev                   16 point.
3. Søren Klynder, Haderslev               11 point.
4. Frede Stadsgaard, Randers               9 point.
5. Leif Rasmussen, Odense                   2 point.

Senior sport 250 cc.
1. Carsten Jorgensen, Aarhus             18 point.
2. Ernst Jensen, Herning                      12 point.
3. Chr. Christensen, Aalborg               10 point.
4. Poul J. Larsen, Aalborg                      9 point.
5. Peder Riis, Silkeborg                          7 point.

Mini speedway 50 cc.
1.  Alf Busk, Silkeborg                          10 point.
2. Lars Vinding, Randers                        8 point.
3. Franck Nickelsen, Silkeborg              8 point.
4. Carl Christensen, Randers                4 point.

Senior special sidecars 500 cc.
1. Niels Kjeldsen / Gert Nielsen,                       Aarhus                9 point.
2. Frank Damgaard / Henning Damsgaard,    Aarhus                 9 point.
3. Jens Pedersen / Soeren Pedersen,              Herning                5 point.

Løvel 0123Niels Kjeldsen / Gert Nielsen leading Frank Damgaard and Jens Pedersen

May 10. Maj 1974 International Expert meeting & national classes.
8000 spectators felt more and more disappointed as the day progressed. First and most because Ivan Mauger, who was in the programme, did not show up. Secondly because the Austrian Hubert Fischbacher did not either.

Thus the original 6 man expert class crimped to 4, of which the Dutch rider Ab de Groot was no match for Ole Olsen, Anders Michanek from Sweden and Egon Müller from Germany. Although these 3 gave each other a good fight, it was engine failures deciding the result in favor of Michanek.

In Junior special 500 cc class both Steen Rasmussen from North Zealand and Mogens Hermansen from Haderslev retired after crashes, both with collar bone fractures. So also this class got reduced to 4 riders.
Still the Jinx worked overtime. In the third heat of the sidecar class the pair Jens Pedersen/Kjeld Ostergaard hit the earth wall, and Jens Pedersen got taken to hospital to be checked for a possible leg fracture, which to all luck it was not.

Results: International Expert 500 cc.
1. Anders Michanek                                  19 point.
2. Ole Olsen                                               18 point.
3. Egon Müller                                           16 point.

Junior special 500 cc.
1. Michael Lohmann, North Zealand      18 point.
2. Finn Kissow, Haderslev                        17 point.
3. Bjorn Jorgensen, Fredericia                 11 point.

Mini speedway 50 cc.
1. Preben Andersen, Middelfart              13 point.
2. Alf Busk, Silkeborg                                10 point.

Sidecar special 500 cc.
1. Frank Damgaard / Henning Damsgaard,              Aarhus             11 point.
2. Ove Lund / Jorgen Lund, Haderslev /                    Vamdrup           7 point.
3. Jens Pedersen / Kjeld Ostergaard,                         Herning             4 point.

April 25.  1975. International Expert meeting & national classes. 
10.000 fans witnessed emerging troubles, which the referee in charge Preben Woer had no means to solve, neither by the rule book nor by common sense. Arguments were useless. The reason was, that Egon Müller came with a long track bike, while the other riders in the international expert class came with speedway bikes, as they used to. Actually Müller had a speedway bike in his van, but he insisted to ride on the long track bike.He argued, that Loevel in the international calender was listed as a sand track, which in German vocabulary means a long track, although it with a length of 420 meter came just under the upper length limit for a speedway. The supplementary regulations for the meeting said nothing about bikes, because it was regarded obvious, that the track was a speedway.
Müller rode his LT bike and came second after Ole Olesen in his first heat and won the next. In the third heat out of five the riders showed their own way of solving the problem. Müller outside felt so much squeezed against the earth wall, that he stopped, packed his gear and left the track in anger.

Results: International Expert 500 cc.
1. Ole Olsen,                          Denmark                       23 point.
2. Ivan Mauger,                     New Zealand                15 point.
3. Bent Norregaard,              Denmark                      15 point.
4. Anders Michanek,             Sweden                         12 point.
5. Egon Müller,                      Germany                         9 point.

Junior special 500 cc.
1. Lars Ving,                            Aarhus                         13 point.
2. Torben Therkelsen,           Silkeborg                      13 point.
3. Mogens Frederiksen,        Silkeborg                      11 point.

Mini speedway 50 cc.
1. Bo Pedersen,                     Glamsbjerg,                  15 point.
2. Hans P. Wollesen,             Haderslev                      11 point.
3. Per Jensen,                        Aabenraa                         8 point.

Sidecar 750 cc.

1. Jorgen Svendsen / Alex Hasager,                           10 point.
2. Frank Damgaard / Henning Damsgaard,                6 point.
3. Ove Lund / Jorgen Lund,                                           4 point.

May 14. 1976: International Expert meeting & national classes.

International expert 500 cc.
1. Ole Olsen,                          Denmark                       23 point.
2. Anders Michanek,             Sweden                         14 point.
3. Ivan Mauger,                     New Zealand                11 point.

Special 500 cc.
1. Kurt Bogh,                         Holsted                          25 point.
2. Rolf Thijs,                           Holland                         15 point.
3. Steen Rasmussen,             Hillerod                        15 point.

Junior special 500 cc.

1. Alf Busk,                             Silkeborg                       20 point.
2. Tommy Kjaergaard,          Herning                         13 point.
3. Jim Worre,                          Randers                        12 point.

Mini speedway 50 cc.
1. Palle Nielsen,                    Silkeborg                       13 point.
2. Jorgen Holm,                     Kolding                          12 point.

May 6. 1977  International Expert meeting & national classes:

Løvel 1In Front: Ivan Mauger with Ole Olsen inside, behind them
Kristian Praestbro, Bent Norregaard and Peter Collins

Løvel 2Sidecar pilots in fierce fight. Note the grass covered
wall hat surrounded the track.

    May 18. 1984  International Expert meeting & national classes. 


Results: International Expert 500 cc
1. Erik Gundersen,                Denmark                       24 point.
2. Dennis Sigalos,                  USA                               17 point.
3. Hans Nielsen,                    Denmark                       14 point.
4. Billy Sanders,                     Australia                         9 point.
5. Anders Michanek,             Sweden                           9 point.
6. Egon Müller,                      Germany                         6 point.

Special 500 cc
1. Flemming Pedersen                         23 point.
2. Finn Thomsen                                   18 point.
3. Alf Busk                                             16.point.
4. René Christiansen                            13 point.
5. Dag Haaland, Norway                        4 point.

Junior 500 cc,

1. Per Smedegaard, Fredericia
2. Jan Staechmann, Kolding.
3. Brian Jacobsen, Herning.

May 15. 1992 The last “Store Bededag” meeting:
It was an event with more drama than wanted. Jan O. Pedersen had already won his first two outings, but third time was one of misfortune.The Danish rider Peter Ravn skidded out too much in bend 3 on the over watered track in front of the reigning World Champion who tried to lay his bike down to avoid hitting Ravn.
Unfortunately Jan O. hit the grass covered wall, and split seconds later he got hit in the back by his own bike with severe spinal injuries following.
In a later heat once again things went wrong for Peter Ravn. He collided with the Norwegian rider Lars Gunnestad, and both riders fell. Then they got hit from behind by Hans Nielsen who after a great tumble landed on his left shoulder and broke a collar bone.
Lars Gunnestad needed a search for a broken leg, which luckily showed not to be. More ambulances brought the injured riders to hospital in Viborg, and the prize list lost more of the obvious favorites.

For Jan O. Pedersen the crash brought a premature end to a very promising career, which with the winning of the World Speedway Championship in 1991 had only just begun.

The scheduled Store Bededag’s race for 1993 got cancelled and has never since been scheduled.

In a period mid 80-es the track was a remote home for Sports Motorklubben Odin from Odense, who was homeless after closing of the Fangel track.


Air view 2008: The track is still existing but no longer used for motor cycle speedway.
In mid- 90es it has been extended with a loop in the eastern end and is now being
used for car racing under the authority of DASU. (Danish Automobile Sports Union)

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