Maker of boutique frames, Dario Pegoretti (from Verona but now working out of nearby Trento) was named frame builder of the year at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show 2008 in Portland. Dario, who is battling cancer, worked through his treatment producing new graphic effects for his frames that were inspired by his disease and the treatments he underwent.
"It is an extreme honour to be recognized in this way. It is my hope that the frames I make are used on the roads and not hung as art on the wall," he said, upon hearing he won the award.
Pegoretti became well known for the frames that he made for some of the biggest names in the pro peloton throughout the 80's and 90's. Today his frames are now more sought out by cycling purists seeking a unique machine.
Photos: Dario painting at his shop near Trento; his bikes on display in Portland.