18 years as a professional, over a thousand days racing under my belt, and yet there was one day’s racing I’d never completed: Paris-Roubaix. In my final year, 2014, it was one of my primary objectives, to finish that is. 257km, 28 cobbled sections totalling nearly 60km, and two laps of a velodrome. I did it all, apart from the last lap. I stood in the middle of that most famous of velodromes, helmet off, knocking back a Fanta, face covered in dirt, feeling a bit of a hero. Until my wife told me I had one more lap to do. ONEMORELAP? That pretty much summed up my final year, it wasn't exactly a blaze of glory. Still, I love that race, and when it came to finding inspiration for new interpretation of our classic base layer there was only one classic worth representing, the queen of them all.
The ONEMORELAP Sleeveless Base Layer illustrates a unique perspective on the finish line of that most famous velodrome. This is the CHPT3 ONEMORELAP Sleeveless Base Layer, a reminder to us all that sometimes finishing can be as important as winning.
The CHPT3 Base Layers have a bit of a random history for a few reasons, starting with the fabric. It was actually originally used to make a super lightweight climber’s jersey for the Tour de France, Fabian Wegmann (a Garmin and Castelli racer on that year’s Tour de France) mentioned to Castelli he thought it would make an excellent base layer material – this is the first time that idea has become a reality. It is very lightweight and has superb wicking properties, exactly what is required of a lightweight climber’s jersey AND also a base layer.
What was learnt while using it as a climbing jersey at the Tour de France was that it didn’t have very high longevity because of unstitching at the hems – and this was due to the very fact the fabric was so lightweight it couldn’t hold the stitching adequately. The solution to this has been to create ‘false’ hems, instead of folding over the edge of the material and sewing it down there are additional panels of material sewn on with double stitching where the fold of the hem would normally be.
There are an additional two panels of more flexible fabric added into the hips to increase comfort and mobility while in the cycling position.
The 1.83 Base Layer utilises the pattern from the ONEMORELAP series of products using the ‘Finish Line’ Graphic of the Roubaix Velodrome.
The ONEMORELAP collection fits true to size. It should fit snugly, like a vest under a shirt. CHPT3 bespoke clothing uses a tailoring system for its sizes. We use the physical chest or waist size as the garment size - If you have a 40" chest you need a 40" Jersey - Please note while the CHPT3 range is not designed for racing it is still a close fitting athletic design suitable for active cyclists.