CHARLOTTE, NC (BRAIN)—Dario Pegoretti was named “Frame Builder of the Year” at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show on February 10 in Portland, Oregon.
Pegoretti garnered the award for his unique steel and aluminum bicycles that he makes in his small shop in Caldonazzo, Italy, just outside the city of Trento.
Originally known for making frames for some of the biggest names in the pro peloton throughout the 80s and 90s, his frames are now more sought out by cycling purists who seek the unique ride and performance they provide.
Pegoretti won the award for his work during a year in which he was battling cancer. Diagnosed with Lymphoma in March 2007, he worked through his treatments, producing new graphic effects for his frames that were inspired by his disease and the treatments he underwent.
After receiving the award Pegoretti said, “It is an extreme honor 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.”