We didn’t see any point in trying to re-invent the wheel when it came to creating our very own CHPT3 1.53 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, and 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.
A TT on the final stage of a Grand Tour is not enjoyable, never has been, never will be. Unless you win it, then it’s a euphoric day, that’s what happened to me on the final stage into Milan in the 2011 Giro. We started in some nondescript industrial estate that day, the 2017 Giro sees a much more iconic start, the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, built in 1922 it was the third purpose-built motor racing circuit in the world. We pay homage to this by creating a design of the Monza start line, arguably more important to the vast majority of the peloton on the last day than the finish line, because simply still being in the race on that last day of a GT is a massive achievement in itself.
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