I'm Alison Testroete
Former professional cyclist and Canadian National Champion with 5 years of experience as a cycling guide organizing cycling vacations.
Born and raised in Canada, cycling has been an escalator to the most pivotal and important moments in my life. Through sport, I've found a sense of meaning and direction. Sport has been my home since I joined the cross-country running team in 5th grade.
I started mountain biking at 16 to explore the trails in my family's backyard. I began riding these trails thanks to another kid who saw my sweet new mountain bike that I used to get to school and back. This was my introduction to a lifelong passion. Fast forward to age 22, my first National Road Championship where I felt this understanding that cycling was going to play a prominent role in my life.
Racing came intuitively to me, and I was willing to suffer. In 2007 I raced my first US Pro Circuit, and through the National Team, I started racing in Europe. I was able to shine in a few important races and one thing led to the next.
Yet, it was when I found Lucca in 2010 through a teammate I felt a strong sense of belonging. In many ways, it was my love for Italy that set me up for the failure, heartbreak, and disappointment of my soon-to-be crumbling pro racing career.
Life has this funny way of introducing you to people who you most need to meet.
As an athlete, I invested my whole self but the stress built up and I endured a series of hard losses - several training accidents and the tragic death of a beloved teammate. At that time, I happened to stumble into a new growing market of cycling travel, not bike touring but actual road cycling. I met exactly the right people that helped channel my strengths into pursuing my unique and perfectly unconventional life.
They say cycling is for people who think too much - and I'm probably one of those people. Pedalling is a sort of meditation, a path to personal peace. Through cycling, I've met my closest friends and the people I love the most.
I believe we expand through our experiences and those experiences bring us alive.
The essence of Lucca Cycling Club is facilitating meaningful encounters in a journey through Tuscany's winding roads. I'm dedicated to creating a cycling experience that becomes an important part of your journey, too.
If you’ve read this far, thank you. I sincerely hope there’s more to come. The best way to stay connected is by signing up for my email newsletter below. Our free time is limited so I try to spend it riding rather than on social media. You’ll hear from me once a month about cycling, Tuscany, and everything in between.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit.