“257km, 28 cobbled sections totalling nearly 60km, and two laps of a velodrome. I did it all, apart from the last lap.”
At 37 years of age, 2014 was David Millar’s last season as a professional cyclist. 18 years in the sport had resulted in an impressive palmarès but sometimes, as Millar alludes, “finishing can be as important as winning.”
By April 2014, Millar had a finish in just about every major bicycle race in the calendar apart from the queen of the classics, Paris-Roubaix. Finally, in 2014, Millar crossed the line in the Vélodrome André-Pétrieux having conquered the 28 pavé sectors of the ‘Hell of the North’, but not before a small hiccup: he hadn’t actually crossed the line at all.
Quarter of an hour after Niki Terpstra soaked up the adulation of the Roubaix crowd following an attack on the road after the Willems à Hem sector, Millar himself then took that famous right hander into the 2,000 capacity stadium.
Seeing the group ahead stagger off their bikes and compare stories from their day in hell, Millar did his half lap and joined the festivities in the track centre.
“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,” says Millar.
That is until his wife Nicole caught him before he made it back to the team bus to tell him that he had 500 more metres to ride before he could say he was a Paris-Roubaix finisher.
“One more lap? That pretty much summed up my final year, it wasn’t exactly a blaze of glory,” adds Millar.
This tale is now the inspiration behind the Chpt.///ONEMORELAP collection. “From a design point of view it was all about the finish line and getting there,” says Richard Pearce, Millar’s Girona club-mate and ONEMORELAP designer.
“We looked at the bands and the lines, we looked at the stripes ad wondered how it would look on the jersey.”
Every ONEMORELAP product carries Pearce’s design, including the 1.51 socks with ceramic thread footbed. “I don’t know what this does…makes them awesome I think,” admits Millar.