Editor’s note: VeloNews.com is presenting selections from the January 2012 edition of Velo, the magazine’s 24th annual awards issue. It’s only a sampler — so if you want the full scoop, pick up a copy of the January 2012 edition of Velo.
This year’s wins for North American mountain biker of the year and international mountain biker of the year were both easy choices. That being said, the North American pick, Aaron Gwin, may come as a surprise, given that he races in a discipline not often covered on Singletrack.com. In 2011 he put on a show the likes of which a North American hasn’t had since 2001.
Jaroslav Kuhavy won our international pick, and answered the question: What’s left to accomplish when you’ve already won the World Cup cross country overall title?