I'm not familiar with the Victoria, so i went on a search. Louet's are generally bobbin leads but I see the Victoria is a flyer lead.
Abby gives a wonderful review: http://www.abbysyarns.com/wordpress/?p=26
There really isn't anything to add that Susan hasn't already mentioned.
1. Practice treadling without any fiber. You don't want the wheel going fast, just turning. You want to be able to control the wheel so that you can start, treadle, stop, treadle in the other direction. don't worry if you have to use your hand to start the wheel. It all depends on where you stop treadling how easy it is to get going again.
2. Tie on cheap acrylic yarn (like Susan suggested). This will get you familiar with fiber going through your hands and help prevent the 'death grip' on the fiber. It also gets you familiar with the tensioning of the drive band and the scotch tension band.
other tips that might help with adjusting.
The Victoria has a stretchy drive band. You don't want this tight on the wheel/flyer. Just tight enough so it doesn't slip.
With the scotch tension, you want to start this at with no tension what so ever and adjust a tiny bit (I'm talking 1/8"-1/4") at a time, until the yarn winds on.
I've never had alpaca that was sticky. It does not contain lanolin. Is this roving or locks? Where did you get it?
If you're having a hard time drafting, move your hands farther apart (5"-6") and gently tug so the fibers slip past each other. If you're holding your hands too close together, you'll be holding on to both ends of the longer staple and they won't be able to slip.
Susan - you are way too kind. I am smiling because of your words.
spinning on a Victoria
Setting up a Victoria: