Magazine article Black Enterprise

The Need for Speed

Magazine article Black Enterprise

The Need for Speed

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Account exec goes mountain biking for thrills

Most people would slow down if they were approaching a cliff on a mountain bike. Douglas Evans speeds up. "There's an unbelievable adrenaline rush when you're flying through the air off a cliff like that," he says. Evans is an extreme-sports enthusiast who skis and mountain bikes for fun. "It's the challenge that draws me. It's a great opportunity to express my athletic ability and test my courage."

The 38-year-old East Coast account executive for ViaNovus, a California-based software company that designs construction program management software, was first introduced to extreme mountain biking in 1997 by a group of friends. Evans prefers to cycle in the spring to late fall when the weather is pleasant, but, he says, "Bad weather doesn't deter me at all. It just adds an extra element of excitement to it." While many bicycling enthusiasts go to reserves and ride for free, Evans frequents the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York or the mountains at the Ringwood and Mountain Creek resorts in New Jersey. "Off-season ski mountains make really good mountain bike terrain," he says.

Bumps and bruises come with the territory; mountain biking is not a spectator sport. Evans once landed badly after a cliff jump, was knocked unconscious, broke his cheekbone in three places, and required stitches in his lip. He recovered quickly and was back on the mountains in no time, but if he hadn't been wearing the proper gear, his injuries could have been a lot worse. …

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