I’ve just spent the weekend working and enjoying myself at the 1st Alpkit Big Shakeout. It was an ‘outdoor people’ festival, with camping, fire, films, guest speakers, music and beer as well as there being lots of activities to try out during the daytime. I was guiding mountain bike rides out in the White Peak as well as adding in some bike skills advice along the way. The riding was a good mix of single track, fast descents, steady climbs and all with some great views as backdrop including the magnificence of Chatsworth House. We even managed to get a cafe stop in at the Chatsworth Farm Shop, which really is foodie heaven. I enjoyed the timing of the festival as it came after a very busy summer period for me. It’s great to have a celebration like this in the autumn and it was grand to meet up with friends as well as meeting new folk who enjoy different outdoor activities. I hope to be back there again next year.