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WHY WOULD ANY KEEN CYCLIST NOT FALL FOR SUCH AN EXHILARATING OPPORTUNITY
What a fantastic experience in the beautiful, mountainous northern Italian landscape. Damian and Nancy were the most gracious of hosts and tour guides in this wonderful cycling and gastronomic region of Italy. With the Giro 2019 in full swing and some of the most challenging, picturesque climbs on offer why would any keen cyclist not fall for such an exhilarating opportunity. Looking forward to being part of Aqto’s other fantastic offerings.
A FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER
As a rider, I can only describe my experience of participating in this tour as a “fantastic experience which I will always remember.” The professionalism and competence displayed throughout the 9 days by Damian and the guys was outstanding. As a rider of only one years experience, I was a little apprehensive about managing the climbing for so many days but the encouragement and support from the team and my fellow riders greatly assisted me to successfully complete each days ride. The chance to enjoy a number of stages of the Giro de’ Italia up close was an added bonus. The tour accommodation and meals were outstanding and serve as a testament to Nancy and Damian’s great organisational skills and local knowledge. Lastly, I would again like to thank Nancy, Damian, MaUro, Mateo and Andrea for providing such a unique and special tour and for their friendship. I am keen to tour again with A’qto !
WHAT A GREAT EXPERIENCE!
I joined the 2019 A’qto Cycling Giro D’Italia tour that had 8 days of cycling in the Como-Bormio-Dolomites region as well as observing several starts and finishes of the Giro and admission to the VIP section of one of the Giro starts. What a great experience! I would thoroughly recommend this to anybody with a good level of cycling fitness and a passing interest in pro-cycling. Definitely the cycling was challenging and I am glad that I put several months into the training. Although this trip was in the Italian Alps and took in some major climbs (I logged 12750 m over 8 days of vertical), it was not beyond the capability of a regular cyclist who is prepared to put in some decent training.
The trip was exceptionally well organised with really good quality hotels and Nancy and Damian selected excellent bars for aperitivo and restaurants for some really fine Italian dining. I had no expectation that the level of food and accommodation was going to be as good as it was. Additionally the ground support was fantastic. I hired a bike for the trip through A’qto which was a new Pinarello, that was brilliant. Additionally the local guides ensured that the bikes were cleaned and tuned each day. There was not a mechanical issue on the entire trip. The support vehicles were good and the route plans kept us off the busier roads. All of this was included in the overall trip cost which I thought was really great value.
My only regret is that my wife did not join the trip as well. She is not a cyclist and hence made other plans. However, Nancy organised a parallel non-cyclist program for partners and this looked like a lot of fun for those involved, and next time we would definitely join as a couple.
In summary, joining one of these trips is a great way to see Italy and to have a lot of fun with fellow cyclists and to challenge yourself to some really interesting cycling experiences.
A UNIQUE AND MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE
Italy is a wonderful country to visit. The Giro d’ Italia Tour organised by A’quto Cycling made our recent visit unforgettable. From our initial contact with Damian and Nancy we had full confidence that this would be a tour to long remember.
Every aspect of the tour was well organised so all we had to do was enjoy each day. From communication with us prior to departure, bike hire and adjustments for each rider, checking into our very comfortable hotels, communication with all participants to arrange the daily events and departure from venues, everyone was kept well informed of what was happening, when and how. If there was a need to be flexible with plans, Nancy and Damian adjusted them to meet the needs of all participants, weather conditions or time constraints. If there were problems behind the scenes, these were never obvious and everything ran smoothly and enthusiastically.
Mention must also be made of the excellent way Damian and Nancy catered for a gluten free diet, both when riding and all meals on the tour. The small size of the tour group also provided the opportunity to get to know and enjoy the friendship of others.
Nine days of outstanding bike rides, fantastic and varied non rider activities, great food, wine and amazing scenery ensured everyone had a brilliant time. Watching, cheering and enjoying the Giro certainly added to the Italian experience.
Thanks Damian, Nancy and your very efficient and capable staff for an amazing nine days. We hope to be back in Italy again next year for more great rides, interesting Italian experiences, wonderful friendships and lots of fun. Your personal touch set you aside from other tour groups and makes a trip with A’qto Cycling Tours a unique and memorable experience.
Greg & Fran
EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS
Thank you to the A’qto team for a wonderful tour. Nancy looked after the non riding partners so beautifully. She was a delightful companion. In each area Nancy listened to our suggestions, offered her own suggestions, expertise and local knowledge then took us on guided sight seeing tours and scenic walks which were most enjoyable. Our accommodations were excellent and the included meals absolutely delicious! The tour exceeded my expectations. We will definitely book with A’qto again.
My partner and I had the pleasure of participating in the A’qto Giro100 tour, me as a rider and Mary as a non-rider.
We had previously experienced Damian & Nancy’s excellent weekend tours in regional Victoria and the Giro100 tour was a further example of their attention to detail and organizational skills. We wanted for nothing, from the ride routes with knowledgeable local guides, quality accommodation, exceptional regional restaurants and wines and activities for non-riding partners.
In a bike tour market increasingly crowded with similar products, A’qto offer a small group tour that is well researched, resourced and rich in local knowledge and culture that’s hard to beat. The whole experience was unforgettably brilliant, so much so that we are already saving for next year’s edition.
We would unequivocally recommend an A’qto tour to anyone.
A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE BOTH ON AND OFF THE BIKE!
My partner and I travelled with our bikes all the way from Australia to be a part of the fabulous A’QTO – Giro 9-day tour to celebrate 100 years of racing.
We would like to thank Nancy, Damian for a wonderful locally focused adventure. The accommodation was spectacular, the hospitality was awesome, the dining experiences were exquisite and the bike routes, as always were scenic and challenging.
Thank you both so much.
Jill & Kirsty
I FEEL SO MUCH STRONGER & CONFIDENT TACKLING HARD CLIMBS
I really enjoyed the Giro and came back so much stronger and confident tackling hard climbs. I knew the climbs would be hard and they were. The choice of rides were all good. It was obvious where our dollar was being well spent; your choice of hotels, restaurants and menus were all excellent. Mauro (van driver) was such a bonus, as was having an extra guide on wheels.
I WOULD LOVE TO DO IT AGAIN
Awesome riding and overall, a most enjoyable and fun experience that I would love to do again.
BY FAR THE BEST PART OF OUR TRIP
My husband Michael and I went on the A’qto Giro Tour. It was part of a five week holiday in Europe, and it was by far the best part of our trip. Michael, a keen cyclist, has always wanted to participate in a cycling tour in Italy and on hearing about the A’qto trip that coincided with the 100th year of the Giro, thought it would be a good year to go.
I initially thought I would meet Michael after the tour, until I found out I could participate as a non rider.
I want to reassure all non riding partners, you can go on a bike riding holiday and have a fantastic time.
I felt part of the group, whether I was travelling in the support van enjoying the fantastic scenery and being amazed at the climbs the riders were achieving, or enjoying the non-rider activities such as treks in the countryside with Nancy.
Nancy and Damian put a lot of research into sourcing restaurants that emphasise local produce and quality local wines. The food we enjoyed was excellent ranging from aperitivo, to pizza, to five course banquets.
Thank you, Nancy and Damian for a wonderful trip that has left me with many fond memories and unique experiences.