Welcome to Alto Cycle Tours

Are you an intermediate or experienced cyclist visiting Christchurch, Canterbury or the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand?

Not sure where to ride?

Looking for the local trails; the good earth; the hidden treasures and secret trails?

Look no further…

Alto Cycle Tours can provide an opportunity for expert guidance and fun whilst we show you the local rides and sights in Christchurch, Canterbury and the West Coast whether it is on a Mountain Bike, a Road Bike or something in-between (gravel/bike-packing.)
Come and experience the Monuments of Canterbury and the West Coast – you can pick from 7x Monuments on the Mountain Bike, 4x Monuments on Road, and 6x Monuments on Gravel, no matter what the weather, we can offer you something.
Rides can be a half day (up to four hours riding) or a full day (over 5 hours) adventure. Distances and terrains varies, we can tailor an experience to suit your skill and fitness level.

We can offer a mixture of set tours or as booked/impromptu but we can customise any package to meet your needs and time commitment.

Our Tours

Dirty Day Out

Each month I will host a Dirty Day Out.

Essentially as it sounds, I will take you out and show you one of the awesome riding locations in the greater Canterbury & West Coast region.

This is a no-drop, guided, half day of enjoyment and general bicycle hooliganism. The day will finish in an establishment that will provide refreshments and nourishment so we can spin tales of our grand adventures.

Even if you are grizzled veteran, I can promise you something you haven’t seen before.

Where exactly will depend on the weather and what you have or haven’t done!

The cost will be $80 per person.
$$$ includes guiding, transport and some goodies.

What you need:
A sense of adventure & fun!
Be an intermediate level or experienced rider however we can help you make the transition
A well maintained bike, spares and gear sufficient for a day of riding.
Any medication you require and food/water for the day.
If you don’t have your bike with you, we can help you get an appropriate bike to bring out.

A detailed ride guide and gear list will be sent to registered riders.

Register now as there are limited places.

The Great Escape

Time Poor?
Day off once in a blue moon?
We will pick you & your mates up, drive you to your trail head, ride, shuttle, ride, finish with a few recovery beverages and then drop you back with plenty of memories.

We will take you out and show you one of the awesome riding locations in the greater Canterbury & West Coast region.

This is a no-drop, guided, full day of enjoyment and general bicycle hooliganism.
The day will finish in an establishment that will provide refreshments and nourishment so we can spin tales of our grand adventures.

Where exactly will depend on the weather and what you have or haven’t done!

The cost will be $120 per person.
$$$ includes guiding, transport and some goodies.

What you need:
A sense of adventure & fun!
Be an intermediate level or experienced rider however we can help you make the transition
A well maintained bike, spares and gear sufficient for a day of riding.
Any medication you require and food/water for the day.
If you don’t have your bike with you, we can help you get an appropriate bike to bring out.

A detailed ride guide and gear list will be sent to registered riders.

Contact us today to make it happen.

GranFondo – Rookie 100k

A Gran Fondo is a long-distance road ride and roughly translates into English as “Big Ride.”

Let’s face it, for most of us 100k is a pretty Big Ride, we aren’t all pro cyclists.

This ride is designed to be one of your first metric centuries, we will provide a friendly, inclusive and learning environment for you on an interesting and scenic route.

A Rookie 100 – this is not a race, it is a fun, social Sunday Hundy

This will be a semi-supported, no drop, guided ride with a musette of goodies, plenty of cafe stops, and a finish at a pub

The cost will be $50 per person.
$$$ includes guiding and some goodies. 
We will take you through the signals & etiquette of bunch riding, nutrition tips and common maintenance.
If you need transport, we can take you, but there is a surcharge.

A detailed ride guide and gear list will be sent to registered riders.

What you need:
A sense of adventure & fun!
Be an intermediate level rider however we can help you make the
transition (you should be comfortable riding a bike for 2 hours)
A well maintained bike, spares and gear sufficient for a day of riding.
Any medication you require and food/water for the day.

A detailed ride guide and gear list will be sent to registered riders.

Two great routes in two locations close to Christchurch, every other month.

Register now!

The Ton


The mythical milestone of the ages.
The old school imperial.
A grand day out on the bicycle

163kms* with no significant climbing but plenty of fun and views and pie stops. This is all on sealed road.

Saturday 17 March 2018
&
Saturday 25 August 2018

This will be a semi-supported, no drop, guided ride with a musette of goodies, plenty of cafe stops, a finish at a pub, and a lift back to Christchurch.

Register now as there are limited places.

Velo Vino


Wheels and Wine
Wine and Cheese
Tastings and Trails
A perfect pairing

40 kms of easy, fun cycling on gravel roads, sealed roads, farm tracks and of course plenty of wineries to taste the local fare with views a plenty.

This will be a semi-supported, no drop, guided ride with a musette of goodies, plenty of stops, finishing at a wine restaurant, and a lift back to Christchurch

You can ride this on a gravel bike, CX bike, mountain bike and most things in between.

Perfect for everyone!

The cost will be $80 per person.
$ includes guiding, transport, musette and some goodies.
Bring some cash and a backpack for any wine that takes your fancy.
Bring some cash for lunch or sneak in some sammies…

Register now as there are limited places.

Detour the Race

 

Bypass the racing scene and experience a route that is worthy of a grand tour stage.

137 kms with some significant climbing and jaw dropping vistas. This is all on sealed road.

Saturday 24 February 2018

This will be a semi-supported, no drop, guided ride, cafe stops and you leave with a musette of goodies and a lift back to Christchurch from Akaroa.

This will be a semi-supported, no drop, guided ride with a musette of goodies and a lift back to Christchurch from Akaroa.

The cost will be $80 per person.
$ includes guiding, transport, musette and some goodies.

Register now as there are limited places.

 

The Italian Job


12 – 18 April 2018.

A road cycling experience in Northern Italy with great options for non-cycling friends, family or partners.
 
You will be greeted at Milan and transferred to our apartment deep in the hills of Lombardy overlooking Lake Como. For the next few days we will explore the regions beautiful roads, culture and cuisine. Key rides will include – Madonna Di Ghisallo Circuit and Lake Como.
 
We will then transfer to our beautiful apartment nestled in the village of Bormio which is located at 1225m in the Alps. Famous for its mountain passes and spas which is a great way to finish our adventure together. Key rides will include – ​Stelvio, Livigno, ​Gavia and Mortirolo.
 
But it’s not just about the cycling, we will bombard your senses and tastes with historical and cultural visits as well as sampling the best cuisine that the region has to offer.
 
Don’t miss out, book your space now.
$2,500NZD per person
Flights are not included.
 
What’s included:
Pick up and drop off at the airport/ train station
All transport
Transport to sightseeing areas of interest.
Guided cycle rides
Support van on group rides
Limited Mechanical assistance
Accommodation (twin share)
Breakfasts, lunch & most dinners
Register now as there are limited places.

Cobbled Together


10 – 17 April 2019.

We are off to Belgium – Bruges & Oudenaarde with spaces and places in between. 

You will be greeted at Brussels and transferred to our luxury apartment in the Flemish Region.
 
Over the next week, we will visit some of the historical monuments and battlefields from the First World War and all of the famous cycling loops and cobbles that the region has to offer.
 
But it’s not just about the cycling, we will bombard your senses and tastes with historical and cultural visits as well as sampling the best cuisine that the region has to offer.
 
Don’t miss out, book your space now.
$2,500NZD per person
Flights are not included.
 
What’s included:
Pick up and drop off at the airport/ train station
All transport
Transport to sightseeing areas of interest.
Guided cycle rides
Support van on group rides
Limited Mechanical assistance
Accommodation (twin share)
Breakfasts, lunch & most dinners
Register now as there are limited places.

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