I'm Alison Testroete
Former professional cyclist and Canadian National Champion with a decade of experience working in cycling travel.
As a born and raised Canadian, Italy captured my heart in 2010 when I came to race for a Lucca-based professional team. I felt like Princess Peach surrounded by Marios and Luigis in a video game where nobody takes themselves too seriously.
But what forever stuck with me was the innately effortless beauty — the kind of beauty that uplifts, calls forth emotions and inspires one to action. There’s a rare sense of freedom that comes through endless roads, warm weather and the cultural acceptance for cycling.
The Italians, especially the Tuscans, are playful and welcomed me in like family. I came here with wide eyes — not knowing what I’d find — and I stayed for the beauty, the sunshine, and for my newfound family of cyclists as crazy and passionate about the bike as me.
People often ask: How did you end up becoming a Top Guide?
Mountain biking found me in high school, when a younger kid saw my Specialized Rockhopper and recruited me, first to the trails and then the races. Soon enough, I was hooked.
In my three years of racing pro, I took to the podium in the U.S., in Europe, and for my own National Championship. Yet, when I first found Lucca through a teammate, I had no idea that life was about to take a sweeping turn.
A few unglamorous broken bones and the tragic death of a beloved teammate shook me to the core. In those painful moments I understood:
life is meant to be lived, not regretted.
Around the same time, I happened to stumble onto a growing new market for cycling travel — not bike touring, but actual road cycling. I met exactly the right people to help channel my strengths into pursuing this unique and perfectly unconventional life.
The essence of Lucca Cycling Club is enjoying life’s simple beauties with good company. My small team and I, with Lucca, Tuscany as our home base, guide rides, rent bikes and host cycling trips in Italy.
If you’ve read this far, thank you. I sincerely hope this is just the beginning. The best way to stay connected is by signing up for my email newsletter. Once a month, you’ll hear from me about cycling, Tuscany, and everything in between.
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