Holly Budge: The Silk Road Mountain Race

Holly Budge: The Silk Road Mountain Race


Sun 6th 14:15 - 14:35

The Forum

Sunday Papers Live - SPORTS

Everest Summiteer and World-Record Adventurer, Holly Budge, takes on the gruelling Silk Road Mountain Race the day after Wilderness Festival!

Holly Budge will solo traverse 1880kms of seriously rugged and mountainous terrain across Kyrgyzstan in under 14 days with nothing more than a gravel bike, a tent and a GPS. Grit, sheer determination, and a serious sense of adventure are just some of the attributes needed to even make the start line of The Silk Road Mountain Race - a fixed route, unsupported, single stage cycling race through the mountains of Kyrgyzstan.

Holly will inspire you to Think Big. As an adventurer, an Everest summiteer and the first woman to skydive Everest, she is described as “one of the most accomplished female adventurers” of her time. As the founder and leader of international NGO, How Many Elephants, Holly’s impactful work has been celebrated by Sir David Attenborough. As a professional keynote speaker, she is described as “down-to-earth, funny and incredibly inspiring” by HRH Prince Edward.

Holly has raised over £450K for environmental projects to date. Her passion and purpose drive forward her innovative, impact-driven non-profit, How Many Elephants, to educate a worldwide audience about the devastating impacts of the African Elephant ivory trade. Holly launched World Female Ranger Week to support female wildlife rangers around the world, so far reaching over 500 million people in the global media, with live interviews on Sky News, BBC Womans Hour and Times Radio.