Girder Fork Experience

VMCC Flat Tank Section

Invites you to the Mid Wales Girder Fork Experience, September 9th and 10th 2023, at Cilmery, Nr Llanfair ym Muallt (Builth Wells. Powys)
Cilmery, sometimes spelt Cilmeri, is a village in the county of Powys, mid Wales. Lying 2 miles west of Builth Wells and south of Newbridge on Wye, the village is bound by two rivers, Afon Chwefri and the Afon Irfon. The Afon Irfon is famed for the Prince of Wales, Llywelyn Ein Llyw Olaf, being killed on its banks in December 1288.
Experience the beautiful Mid Wales Countryside, restricted to bikes with girder forks. Ffree on site basic camping/caravanning available from Friday 8th through to Monday 11th September.
A list of alternative local accommodation is available.
For Further queries please contact: Rob Woodford 07847 098597 Email:

Download a copy of A3 Poster

Download a copy of A5 Flyer

Download GFE Regulations & Entry Form V5

Download GFE Regulations V4.1

Entry Form (PDF) Complete and post or scan and email

Entry Form (MS Word) Complete and email


The Social Run routes will consist of about 80 miles of quiet roads in Mid Wales. Shorter routes of about 30 miles will be available Detailed route cards will be provided. Some parts of the route may be marked, but the onus of finding the correct route will rest entirely with the rider/driver. There will be a stop before lunch, after which the run will then return to Cilmery.


The VMCC recognises the health and wellbeing benefits of motorcycling to our members. Motorcycling can be dangerous. The VMCC safely organises over 1000 motorcycles riding events on the public road each year mainly through its network of 85 Sections and attended by its 13000 members. Our safety record is impeccable, partly though the high levels of experience and knowledge of participants, and secondly through up to date and comprehensive risk management procedures.

Rider Assistance

For the safety and comfort of our members, event organisers may be able to help participants who have broken down. Volunteers acting as “Good Samaritans” without remuneration (petrol, if required, will be charged at pump prices) will be on hand to assist participants in distress reach a place of safety quicker than professional services. At the girder fork event there will be a volunteer with a van following the bikes which will contain items to (hopefully) get you moving again should you stop. If, however, you suffer catastrophic mechanical failure, you and your bike may be offered a lift to the site in Cilmery, where it will be your responsibility to continue your journey.


Any change is to be notified to the Organiser when signing on. Any change must be to a machine that qualifies for the event. VMCC machines may be available at the event.


Each day the run will Start from the site at CILMERY, POWYS,LD2 3FA at 10:00am Please collect all route cards by 9:30am at the very latest.


The route will be a run on scenic, quiet, minor roads through Mid Wales to a refreshment stop at the Two Hoots Café, Devils Bridge, then by scenic roads to a coffee stop at the Elan Valley Visitors Centre, before returning to Cilmery. An opportunity to drive a steam train may be possible at the Two Hoots Café. The route is approximately 75 miles. A shortened route of approximately 50 miles taking in the Elan Valley will be available. A shorter route of approx. 30 miles will be available each day


The route will be ran on scenic, quiet, minor roads through Mid Wales. We will ride to Beulah, Progressing up the Abergwesyn pass to the challenging “Devil Staircase”. From here we will travel down the side of “Llyn Brianne” stopping at the Dam for a break, refreshments maybe available. After refreshments we will continue to the lunch stop at the “Owls Nest” in Llandovery. After lunch the route takes us on quiet roads to Llewel . Crossing the A40 we continue over the MoD ranges, riding on part of the course used for the Welsh TT races we then continue to the finish in Cilmery. The route is approximately 80miles.



1. Pwllgwilym Cottages Llanafan Road, Cilmery, Builth Wells LD2 3NY Tel: 01982 552140 Email:

2. Cwm Irfon Lodge Abergwesyn Road, Llanwrtyd Wells LD5 4TN Tel: 01591 610849


3. Irfon River Leisure Park Upper Chapel Road, Garth, Near Builth Wells LD4 4BH Tel: 01591 620310

4. Riverside Caravan and Camping Park Llangammarch Wells, Builth Wells LD4 4BY Tel: 01591 620465 / 07519 357933 Email: VMCC Flat Tank Section

5. Llewelyn Park Cilmery, Builth Wells LD2 3NU Tel: 01982 553352 Email:

Hotels / B&B / Inns

6. Llanwrtyd Hall Station Road, Llanwrtyd Wells LD5 4RW Tel: 01591 610888 / 07961 315785

7. The Neuadd Arms Hotel The Square, Llanwrtyd Wells, LD5 4RB Tel: 01591 610236 Email:

8. Bonna’s Bed and Breakfast 5 Irfon Road, Builth Wells LD2 3DE Tel: 01982 552923 / 07891 899793 Email:

9. Bronwye Guest House Church St, Builth Wells LD2 3BS

10. Erris Villa Hospital Road, Builth Wells LD2 3AT Tel: 01982 553714 / 07929000595 Email:

Eating Out

11. The Prince Llewelyn (nearest) Cilmery, Builth Wells LD2 3NU Tel: 01882 559429 Email:

12. Builth Wells (approx. 3 miles away) has several restaurants, inns and takeaways


Contact Us

Opening Hours:

VMCC Allen House

The Vintage Motor Cycle Club

Allen House
Wetmore Road
Burton Upon Trent
Staffordshire DE14 1TR, UK

Phone: +44 (0)1283 540557

Membership +44 (0) 1283 495100

Shop Phone: +44 (0)1283 495101

Library Phone: +44 (0)1283 495111

VMCC Motorcycle Insurance: +44(0)121 274 5355

Fax: +44 (0)1283 510547


Monday - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Tuesday - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Wednesday - 11:00am - 5:00pm

Thursday - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Friday - 9:00am - 3:00pm

Saturday & Sunday - CLOSED

Library: Maddie Matei

DVLA: Peter Bennett

Editor/Small Ads/Advertising: Peter Henshaw

Accounts/Direct Debits: Beverley Rushworth

Retail/Transfers: Terry Woods