David Millar on the Chpt3 1.53 Monzamilano Cap
We didn't see any point in trying to re-invent the wheel when it came to creating our very own Chpt./// cycling cap, after all this is the most iconic of cycling pieces. During my career I saw many things change (for better and worse), one of the things I think is better and worse is the fact helmets have to be worn all the time now, I loved racing in a casquette like in the old black and white photos of Coppi et al, I know it wasn't big or clever but it felt good and looked cool.
So we have gone out of our way to create a cap that captures that classic look, and it is something easier said than done. They have been made in a specialist cycling cap factory in Italy rather than in house, and the material used is far superior to that more commonly used, it has been distressed to give it a slightly worn and natural look which makes the material softer during the process. Combine the extra paneling involved in the cut and it allows the cap to sit in a much more elegant fashion than most modern 'traditional' casquettes.
This MM/TT version references the final stage of the 2017 Giro d'Italia an individual time trial starting at the iconic Autodromo Nationale Monza, built in 1922 and only the third purpose built racing circuit in the world.