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About Us (Our Story) 2018-06-17T00:06:18+00:00

Our Story

In a fast and demanding world, it’s about getting the simple things right. For us, that’s about creating rich, authentic experiences, sharing meaningful relationships with likeminded people, and enjoying the long road that is less travelled – the one that respects time, honours tradition and values quality.

Everything about A’QTO stems from our love of cycling and our deep connection to the Italian culture.

We are inspired by the immense reward that comes with completing the toughest ride, the hard work that goes into the preparation, the mental strength needed on the big climbs and the concentration while riding the gravel. We love the history of European cycling, the great races, classic bikes and cycling kit, travel and adventure, family and food, and the Italian attitude to a life of quality. Above all else, we value our relationships.

Since 2007, these inspirations and passions have combined to form an offering for cyclists that we are proud of.

Travel to destinations where you will experience cycling, food and people that you will always remember, clothing that you will love wearing and bikes that inspire you to ride.

It’s the complete package for the cyclist who loves experiencing, wearing and riding Italian quality, and it will continue to evolve – as we do.

With everything we do, A’QTO is here to share our passion and connection to Italian style and culture, and the joy that comes with the cycling life.

Our People

Damian Hancock

A’qto Founder, Damian Hancock’s riding philosophy is rooted in the challenge and reward of the experience; for him the ride is a journey best shared with like-minded cyclists. An experienced ride group leader, Damian’s attentive and supportive approach prioritises the inclusion and enjoyment of his guests over individual performance. Damian’s passion for shared experiences on the bike, extends to his appreciation and love of the inclusiveness and depth of Italian culture. A talented cook, and lover of tradition and technique, Damian’s hospitality and generosity on tour is underpinned by his meticulous attention to detail.

A true purist, of an evening you’ll find Damian enthusiastically debating the benefits of vintage steel and retelling the stories of the ‘golden age’ of Italian cycling over an aperitivo, or two.

Nancy De Losa

Born to Italian parents, who emigrated to Australia in the 1950s, A’qto co-founder Nancy’s upbringing and values were informed by the best of both cultures. A born communicator and hostess, she has an intimate understanding of true Italian hospitality, and is fluent in the language. As a non-cyclist, Nancy’s time on tour is squarely devoted to the enjoyment of her guests, hosting atmospheric evening aperitivo hours, indulgent dinners, and facilitating enriching off-the-bike activities. Her inherent connection to Italy – its culture and traditions – has filtered into a deep appreciation for the country’s rich and romantic cycling history.

Like any good Italian hostess, Nancy is abundantly generous with her time – and conversation!

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