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 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.
These inspirations and passions combine to form an offering for cyclists that we are proud of.
Clothing that you will love wearing, bikes that will inspire you to ride, and travel to destinations where you will experience cycling, food and people that you will always remember.
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.
Clothing that you’ll love wearing
A’QTO has been built around clothing. It is where the journey started for us in 2007.
Our range of technical cycling kit and casual clothing is carefully thought out to provide comfort and performance, both on and off the bike, with a clean look, attention to detail and a quality finish.
Our designs are limited in number and are inspired by the classics – often drawing on the culture and history of cycling.
We use colour and clean design to create products that are timeless, not an instant fashion statement, and we are considerate of your needs with our designs. Each piece is intended to work together, providing you the opportunity to mix and match your A’QTO kits.
Our kits are Italian made from the finest quality materials, components and craftsmanship.
We enjoy working with individuals, groups, clubs, corporates and events across Australia to provide quality custom clothing products and superior service.
Bicycles that will inspire you to ride
In 2016, we welcomed the opportunity to represent Formigli Custom Bicycles in Australia.
Formigli is an Italian brand, based in Florence, and was founded by Renzo Formigli, one of Italy’s few remaining master frame builders. With a focus on 100% Quality, Made in Italy and authentic old school craftsmanship, blended with innovation, Formigli is a custom bike brand we are very proud to be associated with.
Riding a made to measure Formigli road bike is an experience that soothes the soul every time you ride.
Unforgettable Travel Experiences
A’QTO Travel is the next part of our journey. We share our ideal travel experience with you by inviting you to join us on high quality, boutique cycling trips across Australia and Italy.
It is our way of sharing our favourite locations, cycling routes, stunning accommodation and traditional meals, often created by us.
We want you to feel like a guest in our home rather than a customer on a holiday.
You will experience fully supported weekends and 4-5 day adventures across different parts of Australia, exploring virtually unknown roads with like-minded riders. We’ll personally create wonderful food for you to complement the experience, and share it with our Italian style and in hand picked, high quality boutique accommodation.
When you join us in Italy, you’ll enjoy all that the spiritual home of cycling has to offer. From participating in iconic events such as L’Eroica and following the Giro d’Italia, to enjoying the quiet roads of Tuscany and Piemonte, your experience will be like a homecoming – with hospitality, food and wine like no other. We welcome cyclists and non-riding partners to join us for these once in a lifetime experiences.
Damian Hancock and Nancy De Losa met at the Audax Alpine Classic 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 across Australia, is a brand that truly lives its values of being personal, professional and reliable.
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 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 cycling trips.
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.
A’QTO is here to share our deep passion, connection and knowledge of cycling and an Italian inspired life of quality. Embrace the long road with us.