I'm Alison Testroete
Former professional cyclist and Canadian National Champion with a decade of experience crafting meaningful cycling trips.
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 we call life.
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.
But how does one become 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.
If you’ve read this far, I hope this is just the beginning. The best way to stay in touch is by signing up for my email newsletter. Once a month, you’ll hear from me about cycling, Tuscany, and everything in between.
Thanks for being here,