Welcome to A’QTO
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.
Damian Hancock and Nancy De Losa met at the Alpine Classic in Bright in 2012 and are the passionate husband and wife team behind A’QTO. The result of Damian and Nancy’s vision to provide the highest quality Italian cycling experience to cyclists, is a brand that truly lives its values of being personal, professional and reliable.
Damian and Nancy live between Australia and Italy each year, bringing together a core team in each location who share their values of delivering truly local and authentic experiences to guests.
Damian is the creative influence at A’QTO. He loves vintage bikes and cycling jerseys, with each one being far more than a piece of steel or clothing to him, holding its own story and memory.
Food is also much more than a necessity to Damian. It is a creative passion which is to be fully experienced, enjoyed with great wine and shared with friends.
Of course, Damian is also a passionate cyclist. He’s travelled many times to Europe with his bike, riding in epic historical events like L’Eroica and in a number of Italian Gran Fondo’s, and has also ridden widely around Australia. He seeks out and designs trips based on lesser-known routes in regional areas of Australia and Italy, loves the gravel, and the challenge of the climb.
Damian’s favourite races are Paris-Roubaix, Strade Bianche and the Giro D’Italia. Why? Because they have meaning and reflect the deep history and culture that is European road racing.
To Damian, A’QTO combines these passions with his commitment to art and strong design. He creates kits that fuse the necessary performance dimensions of quality and comfort with distinct designs that are born out of a creative take on life and cycling.
Nancy De Losa
With an Italian upbringing, Nancy is passionate about all things Italian. Food, fashion, culture, travel, family, friends, cycling and A’QTO are just a few examples.
Nancy is committed to delivering a professional experience to A’QTO’s customers, whether it be guiding them through the custom kit process or creating a beautiful experience on one of the company’s boutique Italian cycling tours.
A natural entertainer, Nancy’s Italian heritage shows through in her obvious delight in inviting people to share her passion for quality food and produce, while being ever generous with her time. Getting things ‘just right’ is critical to Nancy, applying great attention to detail in everything she takes on.
Nancy’s background in marketing and leadership across a range of businesses has been effectively combined with A’QTO, a business born out of passion and vision for a cycling life, well lived.