Rising from the Eastern Cape and running along the Kwazulu-Natal's western border, the Drakensberg mountain range is the highest in South Africa standing at 3482 m/11424 ft in height. The mountains are capped by a layer of basalt of 1400 m/4593 ft thick and offers amazing flora and fauna.
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Mountain Biking in Northstar, Truckee, California USA
This beautiful resort is perfect for mountain biking. With more than 100 mi/161 km of trails, Northstar at Tahoe owns the largest bike park in Northern California. Due to downhill trails, it is growing in popularity over the years. There are so many trails that riders can spend an entire day without riding the same trail.
One of the trails is Live Wire, a 2 mi/3.2 km, irrigated trail with a vertical drop of over 1100 ft/335.3 m. If you don’t have your own equipment, you can rent one at the resort or in shops around. Trails in Northstar are rated just as ski runs. Green circle is easy, blue square intermediate and black diamond advanced.
If you are a beginner, there are trails just for you in order to get used to the bike, such as Easy Rider and Tryumph. They have mild grade and smooth surface. For the next level, if you are intermediate, there are also many trails, such as Big Tree (boardwalk and log ride), Coaster (fire-road and single-track mix) and Booster (up and down single-track).
Last, there are many advanced trails that if you want to ride, you have to be in a perfect physical condition, such as Live Wire (with lots of jumps and berms) and Gypsy (with log rides, berms and jumps).
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