Milram, Authentic Cycling Team Hat, c. 2006-2010


Authentic Team Milram Cap

Team Milram, founded in 2006, was home to such cycling legends as Erik Zabel, Alessandro Petacchi, Niki Terpstra & Christian Knees.

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Team Milram 

The Milram pro cycling team was founded in the beginning of 2006, taking over the UCI ProTeam license of Team Domina Vacanze and merging with Team Wiesenhof. The main sponsor is the Milram brand of the Bremen based Nordmilch dairy company. Some smaller sponsors include Motorex, an oil company based in Switzerland. Sprinters Alessandro Petacchi and Erik Zabel initially were the top riders and captains. The squad is completed by 25 mainly German riders.

Among Team Milram’s most important successes in 2006 and 2007 Christian Knees‘s win at the German classic race Rund um Köln, Alessandro Petacchi winning the Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt in 2006 and 2007, Erik Zabel’s title as vice World Champion 2006, his win of the best sprinter’s jersey at the Deutschland Tour 2006 and 2007 his three-stage wins at the Vuelta a España. Further important ranks are Alessandro Petacchi’s five stage wins at the Giro d’Italia 2007, his win at the classic race Paris–Tours and Niki Terpstra‘s win of the best climber’s jersey at the Deutschland Tour 2007.

Since 2008, Team Milram has been a German team. The general manager is Gerry van Gerwen. His operating company, VeloCity GmbH, which was founded in 2007, took over the previous Italian operating company Ciclosport with all components, including the ProTour license, for the beginning of the 2008 season. The new team basis is Dortmund’s Club Olympia. With a new organisational structure, a much younger squad, clear objectives, and an enhanced anti-doping programme, the team has changed extensively.

In 2009 and 2010, the team was sponsored by Focus Bikes. After a lengthy search for a title sponsor to replace the outgoing Nordmilch dairy company proved fruitless, the team was forced to disband effective at the end of the 2010 season. Van Gerweren hoped to form a new team for 2012.

Source : Wikipedia


The History of the Cycling Cap

The cycling cap, or the ‘casquette’ in French, is a bit of an icon in the cycling world. The simple cloth cap graced the heads of all the greats, with the history of the cycling cap going back through the last century and beyond.

History of the Cycling Cap

The Early Days

The first documented cycling races started up in the late 1800s, exposing riders to the harsh elements. Some sort of headwear was immediately needed, so the rudimentary flat cap was the obvious choice as opposed to top hats and tails.

The Paris Roubaix start line, 1899

The flat cap was a step in the right direction, but tweed is not an ideal athletic material. This set the groundwork for the cycling cap. Riders wore plain white skull caps, which eventually turned brown and grey with dust and grime over the years. It was purely functional, keeping the sun out of the eyes, absorbing sweat, and keeping the rain and muck out.

The Hayday

By the 1950s, the cycling cap became the ultimate mark of a professional cyclist. The design was refined through the 60s, coming to resemble what we know it today. Sponsors began branding caps, and it became a way to spread your name in the cycling world.

Not only were they worn on the bike, but on podiums and on the heads of coaches and everyone else inspired by the cycling greats. Those who may not be able to afford a Campagnolo-equipped bike could afford a Campagnolo cap, so it became an entry into the cycling culture.

The Decline

With the introduction of helmets to cycling in the 70s and 80s, the cycling cap became less of a necessity. Although it was no longer the mark of a professional cyclist, it remained a part of the cycling kit. The helmet and the cycling cap were not necessarily mutually exclusive, and many cyclists chose to wear a cap under their helmets in cold and wet weather.


July 25, 2020 by Sarah Lauze – Excerpt from iLove Bicycling

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