Former professional cyclist David Millar was used to being a riding billboard, plastered with sponsor logos as he won five individual stages in the Vuelta a España, four individual stages in the Tour de France and one individual stage in the Giro d’Italia. Now, Millar has launched Chpt. III, his own line of cycling clothing in conjunction with Italian brand Castelli, and it’s a stark departure from the kits of his pro career.
This line of cycling clothing fuses the performance needed by professional riders with elements of classic tailoring. The Rocka is a rain-repellent, windproof outer shield with a storm-flap pocket and wraparound collar that will protect riders in all but the most extreme conditions (and is inspired by the Gabba jacket, a pro peloton favorite). Chpt. III’s jersey is made of a super lightweight (50g) fabric that is so thin that racing teams couldn’t even print sponsors’ logos upon it, and it’s tailored with darted front panels and sharper shoulder edges to give it a more bespoke look.
“I don’t want to wear garish colors or large logos,” Millar says of the collection. “I don’t need minimalist collars or fragile engineering; instead we have brought an element of bespoke tailoring and sartorial elegance to the world of high-performance technical wear.” We think he hit the nail on the head. For a sport that’s simultaneously elegant and gritty, nostalgic and cutting edge, Millar’s Chpt. III services both ends of the spectrum better than anyone else has before. chpt3.com
The Rocka: Gabba inspired, rain repellent, windproof, reversible storm collar
Jersey: super lightweight (50g) fabric, tailored details, buttoned collar
Base Layer: polyester microfibre with hydrophilic outer layer, parametric data pattern
Arm Warmers: Castelli thermoflex high-loft fleece, reversible cuff, reflective strip
Shorts: high-density lycra, reinforced braces, textured grippers, one piece engineering