CHPT3 Monza Milano
I love Italian design, Belgian racing, and British riders. The Monza Milano kit by CHPT3 ticks two of these boxes:
✅ Italian soul has been woven into this jersey, inspired by the start line of the final stage of the 2017 Giro d'Italia - the Autodromo Nazionale Monza; built in 1922 it was the third purpose-built motor racing circuit in the world. (and the kit its manufactured by Castelli.)
✅ The British rider is, of course, the great motor - David Millar, the Monza kit commemorates a highlight of his career, winning stage 21 (the final stage) of the 2011 Giro d'Italia, a TT finishing in Milan. For most people, a time trial on the concluding stage of a grand tour would feel like a nail in the coffin, Millar, was a hammer.
The 2011 Giro was an emotional year for cycling, the fans and peloton were hit by the unfortunate death of Wouter Weylandt during stage 3; Millar took the maglia rosa on this stage, finishing second in the sprint, his time bonus made him the race leader, the loss of a friend and fellow rider was too emotional to take any joy from this achievement.
This year, the Giro d’Italia finishes in the capital, a punchy 10 lap circuit race with a 700m home straight, paved with sanpietrini, black basalt cobbles carved from old Roman roads, they are very manicured in comparison to the cobbled roads of Belgium and Northern France... however the black basalt is very slippery when wet, high speed on two wheels is not recommended... lets hope the weather holds up.
The Giro d’Italia is my favorite Grand Tour, its the most beautiful and romantic, home to cycling legends; Pantani, Coppi, Gimondi, Moser, they turned cycling into an art form.
Italians channel passion into their craft; Campagnolo groupsets, Colnago frames, jerseys, sunglasses, saddles, lifestyle, art, culture, religion, food, countryside, mountains, the Giro is more than a race, it is Italy.
Cycling isn't just a sport, it is a lifestyle and culture (with many subcultures), everyone is connected by cycling, but ride for different reasons, are inspired by different riders, heroes, and races, as well as artists, musicians, political and social views, that's how subcultures form.
For me, cycling is more than peddling, the bikes and components I ride, the clothing, kit and riding position I adopt are all inspired by my heroes, it's obsessive and personal, that's why I love it.