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A'qto Blog

  • Supporting the development of Australia’s emerging cycling talent

    A’qto is enjoying being an active part of the Australian NRS racing development scene.  Our partnerships with both the Swiss Wellness Cycling Team and the SUVelo Women’s and Men’s Race Teams stem from the belief that it is with these teams, we can provide the greatest support and value.
    The high cost of entry to NRS [...]

  • There is a Story Everywhere

    I should make that, there is a cycling story everywhere.
    Last week, I was working away when a courier driver knocked on the door. At that particular moment, I had samples and design reference everywhere.
    He asked what I was doing and I told him.
    I asked him whether he rides and this started a whole conversation.
    He now [...]

  • A Passengers View: SUVelo Racing at Cadel's Women's Road Race

    Through our sponsorship of the SUVelo women’s race team, I had the opportunity to sit in the team car and follow the race from the convoy. It was really interesting to see and hear what actually happens behind the scenes and from a different perspective.
    The team had 4 riders, Gina Ricardo, Stephanie Lord , Josephine [...]

  • Ride a Different Ride

    A different ride.
    The pre-dawn light was just breaking the thick fog. The world was muted with colours and even the sound deadened. The gentle buzz of the front tyre as it floated across the bitumen and my rhythmical breathing seemed enhanced and the beautiful warble of the magpies gave the morning a distinctly Australian feel.
    The [...]

  • My first month as a PRO Team Cyclist: by Brenton Jones

    It has been great watching Brenton make his official start as a PRO Cyclist over the past month so we asked him to share some of his experiences as he's stepped into the ranks with his new team, Drapac Professional Cycling.
    We hope you enjoy this and other stories that will be coming your way this [...]

  • SUVelo Women’s Racing: Kicking off 2015 in style in new A’qto kit at the Santos Women’s Cup at TDU.

    A’qto is delighted to announce its sponsorship of the SUVelo Women’s Racing Team for the next 3 years.
    Kicking off its 2015 NRS year in style, the SUVelo Women’s Race Team will be kitted out in A’qto quality, comfort and style for the first time at the Santos Women’s Cup this Sunday 19th January in Adelaide.
    Fielding a four [...]

  • Ride a Different Ride

    What does it mean? Why do I ride?
    Why do I do anything I do?
    I do it because I love it.
    I want to and I need to.
    I ride for the space.
    In an increasingly complicated and crowded world, it is becoming harder and harder to find space and solitude.
    Cycling, it's my more active form [...]

  • A domestique deluxe, is on the rivet, riding up Stelvio

    Today we've released 3 new t-shirt designs, inspired by a few things that I love about our beautiful sport, awesome climbs in awesome countries, pushing yourself to your absolute limit and the camaraderie on the road.
    I came close to riding Stelvio last year but the persistent snow and unseasonal cold weather not only forced a day of [...]

  • SUVelo chooses A’qto for 3 Year Club Kit and Off the Bike Clothing Partnership

    Sydney Uni Velo Club recently launched its new 2015 Club Uniforms and 3 Year Partnership with A’qto to its 395 members.
    Following a very professional tendering process which started with eight respondents and was then down to a short list of five compliant bidders who presented their best offers, A’qto was selected in late August by the [...]

  • Cycling Tips and Bunch Riding

    Recently we had the privilege of Brenton Jones leading a Skills Session for our Melbourne Business Network Cycling Bunch around Albert Park Lake in Melbourne.
    The Bunch included some experienced and also some less experienced riders but regardless of level, all got a lot out of it.  Brenton’s tips and leadership were great so we asked [...]

  • The Warrandyte Loop, Victoria. A Ride of Tranquility

    Clip in at the Bakery and head up the hill(s) to St.Andrews. Turn left and meander to Cottles Bridge and hang a right toward Strathewen.
    Turn around at the school and return to Arthurs Creek and via Nutfield to Hurstbridge. On to Wattle Glenn and turn left up the hill to Kangaroo Ground and back to [...]

  • Favourite Aussie Ride: The Cotter/Uriarra Loop, a true Canberra Adventure

    The awesome description of this ride from Andy Collins definitely makes you want to pack your bags, head to Canberra and ‘’join the adventure’'. Thanks Andy!
    The Cotter/Uriarra Loop in Canberra
    A simple 40km loop that has everything:

    A nice rolling downhill towards the Cotter to start things off,
    A damn big shiny new dam to look at as [...]

  • L'eroica: The Beauty of Riding

    Gaiole in Chinati, Toscana, Italia
    L'eroica. This is really about the beauty of riding.
    Initially started with 97 riders as a protest some ten years ago about the old dirt roads of the region being paved, it is now capped at 5000 riders of which only 1000 are non-Italians, and the majority having to be part of a [...]

  • Development of an Elite Cyclist

    Throughout my cycling career, I’ve had many ups and downs. The way I look at it, my career is like riding a roller coaster, blind folded.
    That’s not a bad thing at all, but you just never know what’s around the corner and you need to prepare for any situation, good or bad.
    Very few athletes get [...]

  • Top 7 Great Ocean Road Rides, Victoria

    In the spirit of Amy's Gran Fondo at Lorne this weekend, here's a wrap up of our top 7 favourite Great Ocean Road rides.  Whether you're heading down to the Gran Fondo this September or travelling down to the Great Ocean Road for a break, check out some of these great rides.
    1. Great Ocean Road [...]

  • From Eurobike with Love

    Here are a few of the beautiful things from Eurobike that will hopefully make it into our hot little hands in 2015.

  • Inspiration is all around

    I stumbled across this cool piece of creative while walking around Melbourne.
    It's hard not to be inspired.
    Just need to work out how to get that onto a t-shirt.

  • Melbourne Business Network hits the Media

    It was great to see the Melbourne Business Network featured in an article in The Australian Newspaper - Professional section last Saturday.  You can read the full article below or go to http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/healthier-route-to-building-business-networks/story-fn717l4s-1227041152899


  • A’qto Cycling Club – behind the design

    This week, we launched the a’qto Cycling Club – an enhanced loyalty program that sees our loyal customers receive points for every dollar they spend, plus special gifts and offers at various stages on their journey.
    One very special gift for customers who become eligible is the gift of an originally etched a’qto Cycling Club t-shirt.  [...]

  • Why cycling is a winner for business networking

    As we rolled out for our weekly Melbourne Business Network Cycling Bunch Ride along Beach Rd last Wednesday morning, something quite profound occurred to us about why cycling is such a winner when it comes to business networking.
    We are often asked the question.  Why is that businesses and professionals are turning to cycling in droves [...]

  • Winning

    It is with great pleasure to be writing my first blog for A’qto Cycling and after my recent successes at the National Road Series, Tour of the Great South Coast, I’m thrilled to share my winning experience.
    “One of the most important keys to success is having the discipline to do what you know you should [...]

  • Revealed: Life behind the scenes of emerging pro cyclist - Brenton Jones

    A’qto is very proud to announce its sponsorship of elite cyclist, Brenton Jones.
    Racing with continental team Avanti Pro Cycling, Brenton is currently in the leading ranks of the 2014 Australian National Road Series (NRS) and has his sights squarely set on joining the ProTour.
    As Brenton’s casual apparel sponsor, A’qto will supply Brenton with an extensive [...]

  • Achilles problems anyone?

    Recently a'qto had the privilege of having Liane Wild, Remedial Massage Therapist, on tour with us at RideWest for 7 days.  Given the large number of incidences of Achilles pain on tour and Liane’s extensive experience with cycling injury and treatment, we asked Liane to contribute her professional opinion of the situation with the article [...]

  • What's in Store

    Good design has been the driver behind the a’qto product range since starting out in 2007.  It is no coincidence either.  As an artist and designer, Founder Damian Hancock, brought together his two great loves – cycling and art & design.
    After 7 great years, Damian is more inspired than ever to take the a’qto product [...]

  • Melbourne Cyclists talk Bikes, Bunches and Business

    Last night saw the successful launch of the Melbourne Business Network (MBN) Cycling Bunch at the Metropolitan Hotel in Melbourne.
    With a French inspired, TDF celebratory theme, the 40 plus guests were treated to a great night of conversation, food, wine and cycling while hearing from Cr Cathy Oke about the importance of cycling to the City of Melbourne’s [...]

  • Enjoy Our Favourite Aussie Rides

    Enjoy Our Favourite Aussie Rides

    Congratulations to the 10 winners of our Favourite Aussies Rides competition who all contributed some fantastic stories of their favourite rides.  We'll be sharing these with you over the coming weeks as we take you on a road trip across Australia, with some great rides through National Parks, up Mountains and [...]

  • 1237km's into the Outback....done and dusted.

    1237km's over 7 days into Outback Queensland.  The challenge was set.
    Raising the awareness of men's mental health and funds for the RFDS (Royal Flying Doctor Service), the third RideWest Charity Bike Ride finished last Friday in Longreach in the highest of spirits.
    22 riders from diverse backgrounds and riding calibres took on the huge challenge from Brisbane to Longreach [...]

  • Ace 250 – Mt Hotham Dawn Patrol

    January 26, Bright VIC, 4am. It is black. It is cold. Mt Hotham, Falls Creek, Tawonga Gap. Anticipation has hit unbelievable heights as the ACE-250 riders await the send-off. The world of natural beauty and physical pain are about to intersect on a grand scale. Read more 
  • a’qto: proud to be the major event partner of RideWest 2014

    Ride West is a boutique charity bike ride that aims to raise funds and help raise the awareness for men’s mental health in Australia.
    Since 2009, when founder Les Hancock was touched by the alarming figures associated with male suicide in outback Queensland, Ride West and its associated corporate sponsors, riders and event partners, has raised [...]

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  • Mark Renshaw - 2012 Year in review.

    The 2012 season has now finished and as we are already looking to 2013. I thought it would be good to do a small wrap up on the last half of the year. Before the Tour de France I launched the Renshaw Racing

    Riding the Northern Beaches of Sydney
    One of the nicest rides in Sydney has to be from Manly heading into Kurringai National Park, out to west head and then home via Akuna Bay. It's amazing to be able to have such quiet roads and beautiful scenery at your door step. The descent down McCarrs Creek Road, back to [...]


    Here's a sneak peek from me about my life off the bike and a little bit about my lead up to the tour.
    1. What does your dream finish at the Tour de France 2012 look like?
    I am dreaming to finish the tour with a win in the final stage to Paris, Winning on the Champs [...]

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