Crankworx Rotorua 2017 – Keeping Up With The Griffins

Crankworx Rotorua 2017 and mountain biking with kids

Crankworx Rotorua with Kids – Crankworx is mountain biking’s version of the Olympics, Superbowl, Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest… the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the FIFA and/or Quidditch World Cup. The best thing is that it now happens four-times-a-year from locations around the world. Have you thought about how cool it would be to visit Crankworx Rotorua with kids?

We’re fortunate enough to have a family share their first-hand story from Rotorua, New Zealand – the first stop on the 2017 Crankworx World Tour. Events just a stone’s throw away from the Shire took place from March 24th through April 2nd.

When we reached out to Kidsworx Rotorua to see if there was a family willing to share their story with us, Marcello Ojerio, Kidsworx Activities Manager, replied almost immediately. “I’ve found a family who will help you out… they are all mad keen [mountain] bikers and really embody the Crankworx spirit!”

Meet the Griffins

The Griffin family and furry friend at the Dodzy Skills Park in Rotorua, New Zealand.

The Griffin family with furry friend pose for a photo at the always active Dodzy Skills Park in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Claire and James Griffin are the proud parents of 3 young groms ranging in age from 5-8. They made the 4 hour drive from their home south of Rotorua the day before the event started. I was quick to ask Claire how they keep their 3 kids in check during road trips. She said, “We usually drive in the evening and pack an easy dinner like bacon and egg slices as there are no good places with healthy food options between Palmerston North and Rotorua. We leave at about 5pm and eat around 6. Then, the kids usually fall asleep by 7.” When asked if they have movies in the car for this kids, she replied, “Sometimes we get out talking Roald Dahl stories from library… oh and we don’t have devices or a TV for that fact.”

Can you see how this family rolls? Mountain biking together, eating healthy during road trips, books on tape. Many of us are striving to keep up with the Griffins in more ways than one.

Claire told us the main reasons why they come to Crankworx Rotorua with kids. “Our family goes every year because of the [mountain bike] riding with friends we make and reconnect with… racing… and being spectators at the center of mountain biking’s big show.”

The Dodzy Skills Park

At the southwest end of Long Mile road on the edge of the Whakarewarewa Forest – you’ll find the Dodzy Skills Park. This area was built in memory of James “Dodzy” Dodds, a mountain bike enthusiast who was a trail builder and pillar of the Rotorua outdoors community.

  • Dodzy Skills Park - sign
  • Dodzy Skills Park - see saw

The park features intermediate and advanced jump lines, a see-saw, and other features. The Griffins spent a good deal of time here during the week as it’s a wonderful venue for riders of all abilities to build their skills. The skills park also hosts the widely enjoyed but greatly under-publicized 16″ Dual Slalom World Championships. This event is where professionals and amateurs alike test their talents at the park’s DS track on kid bikes with 16-inch wheels.

The Week’s Photos from Crankworx Rotorua with Kids…


The Griffin kids watching the

On the first Saturday of the festival, the Griffins hiked up a trail to watch the Toa Enduro race.

Claire and Cecile Ravanel

Claire attended a wheelie workshop for women led by the prior day’s EWS winner Cecile Ravanel. Cecile won the race in very wet and muddy conditions by over three minutes. And, Claire proudly admitted she rode a wheelie for three revolutions. Year after year, everyone wins at Crankworx.

The Griffin boys and Cedric Gracia at Crankworx Rotorua

The Rotorua Mountain Bike Club hosted a “low key” Super D race one evening. Over a 100 riders turned up and they had a Santa Cruz 5010 frame to give away. The Santa Cruz Team showed up for the race and Cedric warmed towards the boys.

Watching the RockShox Pump Track Challenge

The Griffin family was rooting for local rider Keegan Wright to do well at the RockShox Pump Track Challenge. They got what they wanted as Keegen beat perennial favorite, Adrien Loron.

Kids racing at Crankworx Rotorua 2017

Race day! Crankworx Rotorua with kids is amazing.

MTB race at Crankworx Rotorua 2017

Kidsworx Rotorua 2017








If New Zealand is a bit too far fo you to travel – maybe you’d be up for visiting the Whistler stop of the Crankworx World Tour. Check out Eight Reasons to Visit Whistler During Crankworx.

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This NICA League Is The Product Of A Family Riding Bikes

Racers getting staged for the 2016 Wisconsin State Championship at Iola Winter Park.

Creation of a NICA League – Kathy Mock and her husband Aaron had always been biking enthusiasts. When their young son first took to the trails as a toddler, they started to view the sport differently. Mountain biking became an integral component of not only their family life but also a social outlet. In today’s fast-paced world of electronic games, cell phones, and competition sports, just being able to bike with friends often seems to be a thing of the past. However, Kathy recognized the importance of such outings and was inspired to create a biking club for children who maybe didn’t fit into classic sports. Above all, mountain Biking seemed to be attractive to kids who sought companionship and who also enjoyed the great outdoors.

Creation of Wisconsin Interscholastic Cycling Association

Fueled by the inspiration of her son’s love for biking and the widespread affinity for the sport that was being widely exhibited by his peers, Kathy set out to form a mountain bike club that catered to the local youth. The Wisconsin Interscholastic Cycling Association (WIN) was founded in 2013.

“The club just grew like crazy,” Kathy said. The small informal group quickly burgeoned to 85 students and the interest in the sport only continued to escalate. Parent involvement also flourished.

A rider gives a race organizer a fist bump at the 2016 Wisconsin NICA State ChampionshipsGetting Involved in NICA

Within a couple of years, the bike club joined the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). Kathy and Don Edberg are Wisconsin’s NICA Founding Chairs. NICA fosters biking programs in schools across the nation. Currently, 12 states feature the program in their schools and over 4,500 students compete. The season kicks off every July and runs through October.

Training and Racing

Biking practice consists of meeting two or three times per week for training rides that vary in distance. The league typically has four to five NICA sanctioned races per year. Kathy has noticed that kids who participate in the school activity also usually meet even more often than required to enjoy the sport with their friends. It is not uncommon for a group of youth to head out in the afternoon or weekends to pedal the Elroy-Sparta Trail just for the sheer joy of the ride.

Youth Involvement in Mountain Biking Continues to Increase

Kathy remains deeply moved by the interest her small biking club spurred in children and how it has grown. Local state youth participation in the biking program increased by a dramatic 40 percent in 2016.  The sport is forecast to continue to grow substantially in 2017.

In Wisconsin, the sport remains a low-pressure activity that anyone of any skill level can participate in, just as Kathy first envisioned when she created her small biking club. Firstly, a student doesn’t have to be a star athlete to join. The focus remains geared towards social enrichment, fun, and the great outdoors. Secondly, kids who often didn’t feel comfortable participating in or even trying out for conventional school sports found a niche with mountain biking. Thirdly, if a child doesn’t feel like pushing himself to the limits but still wants to join in the fun then he is more than welcome to pedal at his own pace without any pressure to win, unlike other school sports. Finally, everyone’s a winner in the sport of mountain biking because it’s ultimately boils down to the rider and his bike.

Mountain Biking is for Everyone!

Specifically, one of the biggest things that Kathy loves about mountain biking is that it remains genderless. Girls compete alongside boys and excel just like their male counterparts. Biking isn’t about physical size or prowess. The playing field is leveled when it comes to mountain biking and girls are just as skilled at the sport as the boys. This helps fuel a lifetime of female confidence in young girls that is rarely achieved with other school sports.

Importantly, the races are about more than just completing the day’s trail ride. They are about friends and family. Families often camp for the weekend at the race locations. There is always an abundance of food and fun for everyone involved. Unlike other school sports that rely on a school funding and a professional coach, what makes mountain biking programs triumphal is the participants and their families. The program’s success cannot happen without volunteers who love the sport and are willing to be active members.

From a small group of enthusiastic kids who loved to hit the trails on their bikes to a flourishing middle and high school sport with thousands of participants, Kathy’s dreams continue to be fulfilled. All she has to do is look at the smiling faces of the kids as they ride to continue to feel inspired.

Want to learn more about NICA? Read Why I Joined a NICA Team

Visit the website for the Wisconsin High School Cycling League. Photographs for this article were used with permission from Kathy Mock. The photographer is Dave Reich. You can see more of Dave’s photos here.

Mistakes Were Made – Volume 01

Mistakes were made when mountain biking with kids

A lot of this site is set up for helping other families get started mountain biking by identifying the good things – “What To do”. In this article, I’m switching gears and sharing a few of the things that are downright embarrassing. If you’ve made similar mountain bike mistakes or want to point out more of what not to do, please comment below.

Checked Out. Clipped In.

When my first son was the right size to fit into one of those child seats that goes on the back of a bike over the rear tire, we had an incident. We finished our ride though the neighborhood streets and arrived back at the house.

I needed to stop on the sidewalk in order to get the bike into the house. Why? Our house is small. We don’t have a garage. Our driveway is narrow when there’s a car parked in it because on one side of the driveway there’s landscaping and on the other side of the driveway, there’s a retaining wall. In order to get the bike into the basement entrance when there’s a car parked in the driveway, I have to: stop on the sidewalk, get off the bike, get my kid out of the seat, roll the bike up on its back wheel in order to push it past it though the gap between the parked car on my right side and the retaining wall on my left side.

The aforementioned “incident” took place when I stopped on the sidewalk in order get off the bike. I forgot I was clipped in. In my haste to get out on a cruise trough the neighborhood with my boy, I did not switch from SPDs to flats as I had done several times in the past. Everything was in slow motion. I thought about what a terrible dad I was on the way down; if my wife would press charges against me, if my son would still love me, and so on.

The fall wasn’t that bad. The design of the child seat protected my son quite well. He came out of it without a scratch. And of course he was wearing a helmet. It surprised him more than it hurt him, but not as much as it hurt me. I felt awful. He yelled “Geez, dad!” when we were lying on the ground. That was rough.

New Pedals! And Soon… A New Crankset!

I was very excited to upgrade my pedals and install them myself for the first time. Did you know…

  • You can easily change pedals on your bike by yourself with a pedal wrench or a hex key
  • The metal used in a crankset is generally made of aluminum and pedal spindles are steel
  • The left pedal for a bike is reverse threaded in order to prevent movement called precession
  • You can still get a right pedal in the left side of a crank set or vice-versa if you force it in there hard enough
  • You will strip out your crank by forcing a pedal into the wrong side of the crankset

Avoiding Flats

If you’re still using tubes in your family’s bike tires, here are a couple of tips to help avoid flats.

Do Your Best To Avoid Pinch Flats

A pinch flat can happen when a tire and tube gets pinched between the rim and the riding surface with so much force that the tube fails and 2 small rips are created in the tube along the point of impact. Most pinch flats occur when there’s not enough air in your tires. Pinch flats are also called a called snake bite flats because the puncture marks resemble holes that would be left by the fangs of a snake. Sometimes pinch flats are just unavoidable. When riding though rocky terrain at certain speeds your tire can quickly smash against the side of a rock. You’ll hear a loud SNAP!, then the sudden hissing of your tire losing air.

Don’t Get The Same Flat Twice

I’m sure this simple common sense for most of you, but I discovered this one on my own. When you get a flat due to thorns or some other material which has pierced your tube, be sure to check the tire for the offending shrapnel. It could still be lodged in the tire, patiently waiting to cause another flat in your new tube. If you can’t see the what caused the flat in the tire, gently run your fingers along the inside of the tire to seed if you can feel for what caused the puncture. You can also guess the general location where the thorn could be. Identify where the flat is in the tube in proximity to the valve in the tube. Then, look at the valve hole in the rim and you can have a good chance of finding where the flat happened in the tire.

Close The Valves On Your Hydration Packs When Transporting Them

When we load up the car to go on a trip, we’re usually in a hurry to get on the road and beat traffic. All the gear gets unceremoniously chucked in the back of the van and off we go. Similar to your favorite cereal, contents of our van may settle during shipment. One time this resulted in a hydration bag shifting and getting squished under another gear bag or suitcase. 50 ounces of water looks like 5 gallons when it’s evenly distributed on the floor of your car.

An Anecdote Of Acclimation

In October of 2014 our family was invited to a wedding in Telluride, Colorado. The happy couple and their families rented a beautiful home in the woods a few miles outside of town and it was big enough for the entire wedding party to stay in. The town has its own gondolas which are free to the public and operate daily. In summer months and early fall, the town trades out the ski racks for bike hooks so you catch a ride from the town base and take advantage of the Mountain Village bike park.

Our kids were 11 and 7 at the time and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get in a ride at this unique location. We arrived at the top of the mountain ready to get going on what was sure to be a great time. And, instead of just doing a bike park lap, we chose a route that kind of went around the bike park as a long traverse for a few miles, then we’d wind out way back down to the valley and be home before dark. I think the entire route was around 12 miles.

As we started to traverse across the mountain, there were several steep climbs that took quite a bit of effort. Our 11 year old was having a tough time after about 45 minutes and was walking his bike up the hills he’d normally pedal. He’s a pretty energetic kid and we thought that he was just recovering from a late night due to the wedding festivities.

After 15 more minutes and a couple more steep hills, our kid bonked. He just lay on the ground and said he wanted to go to sleep. It finally dawned on my wife that we were doing some vigorous exercise close to 11,000 feet and our oldest kid just couldn’t take it any more. His younger brother was fine, though. This is one of those times when we were really glad we packed a lot more than we needed for the outing. Water and snack breaks were mandatory every 15 minutes or so throughout the rest of the ride in order to keep everyone safe.


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Video – Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet - Mountain Biking With Kids

This is a glimpse of what happened when we took our youngest son on Blue Velvet in Whistler BC for the first time. This trail is in the Garbanzo Zone of the Whistler Bike Park.

Do you feel like this when you ride? I know I certainly do. Your skill level doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter how old you are. This is one of the things that brings us all together and makes mountain biking so special.

Blue Velvet Trail Overview – Whistler Bike Park

Blue Velvet is an intermediate rated trail located on the upper part of Whistler Mountain in the Garbonzo zone. This trail is a wide machine build trail that features huge berms, step descents, and fun jumps. Because Blue Velvet includes a combination of long descents (steep in places) and occasional rough loose surfaces you should have some experience before you attempt it.

Why Whistler?

Whistler, BC has become one of our favorite family mountain bike destinations. First, you get world class lift-served riding at the Whistler Bike Park. Second, you can find miles of super fun family friendly trails in the Lost Lake area.  Third, Squamish is less than an hour away!  Check out our Destinations and Trails page for more videos.

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My Trek Dirt Series Experience

Trek Dirt Series Review

I had heard many great things about the Trek Dirt Series but I was a bit nervous to sign-up. The main reason I was hesitant to register was that I was afraid of jumps and drops. The last time there was air under my tires, I ended up head over handlebars with 2 broken ribs. Since that time, I had healed and enjoyed mountain biking while always keeping the tires on the ground. I am so glad that I did not let my fear stop me from participating in the clinic.

It was amazing. I had fun and learned a ton of new skills. The coaches were friendly, patient, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. There were enough coaches (1:6 coach to participant ratio) to get individual feedback. Each participant was encouraged to step outside her comfort zone a bit, but each woman chose her level of challenge.

Day One

Registration was well organized. Participants that rented gear were fitted to their bikes. Coffee and bagels were provided. After registration we headed over to a park-like area with a large grassy field and hill behind an elementary school.

Getting Started

We started with 20-minutes of yoga to warm-up and stretch. After that, the coaches divided us into appropriate skill level groups using the questionnaires we had filled out ahead of time. Skill sessions addressed both “flow” and technical skills including drops, skinnies, switchbacks, front wheel lift, rear wheel lift, fast turns, and more.

Skills Sessions on the Grass

The skills sessions were extremely well planned to allow each participant to work at her own pace through the progressions. The progressions in the skills sessions allowed me to start on a “drop” the size of a curb, so I didn’t think twice about that. As we sessioned the curb sized “drop”, the coach gave tips and pointers on how to appropriately “preload” for a drop. This was a light-bulb moment for me – I had no idea there was supposed to be a preload before a drop… having the knowledge that there was something in my control about drops, made them much less scary for me.

After several rounds of applying the skills, and receiving tips to help get my timing right, I decided that I would be able to try the next level drop – only about 12 inches, but still intimidating. Although I was a bit scared, I tried it using the skills I used on the small drop and was successful. By the time the session was over, I even did the largest drop!

Hitting the Trail

Following lunch (delicious locally made sandwiches and salads), each level group headed out to ride. Our group rode well together. We had a great time and stopped to session drops and turns while the coach gave us tips and encouragement. It was a fun afternoon. Our group had started to feel like friends – encouraging each other, laughing together and celebrating when someone tried something challenging. We had one fall when we were out riding. One woman slid out and scraped her arm. The coach bandaged her up quickly and made sure she was ok to continue riding.

Day Two

The second day was set up the same way, skills in the morning and then we headed out to ride the trails.

More Practice = Closer to Perfect

My group worked on tight turns in the morning on the grass hill. “Keep your head up, look through the turn to the exit”. This skill was new but not too difficult on the grass, but when we went out on the trails, most of us were struggling on the tight turns on the trails. Our coach stopped us on one corner and we practiced several times. It was getting easier, but I still didn’t feel super comfortable looking past the rocky apex of the turn.

However, that trail practice session made a huge difference. For the rest of the ride, I focused on keeping my eyes up and looking 15-20 feet ahead on the trail at each turn. By the end of the day, I was turning better than I ever had before. It felt great!

I loved Trek Dirt Series!

I highly recommend the Trek Dirt series. It was well organized with a supportive group vibe and excellent coaches. I learned so much that I came home and set up some of the drills for my family in the park!

The Glory of Balance Bikes for Kids

Balance bikes are here to stay

Are you ready to get your kid rolling on 2 wheels? You should definitely look into a balance bike. Balance bikes for kids – often called a glider bike, strider bike, or pedal-less bike – can help kids learn to ride faster, easier and happier.

Times have undoubtedly changed and there is no longer a need for a child to start riding a tricycle or move on to a bike with training wheels attached in order to learn proper bike balance. A specially designed balance bike – often called a glider bike, or pedal-less bike –  makes teaching a young tot to ride a breeze. Toddlers as young as 18 months old can quickly learn to handle the two-wheeled balance bike. Most children achieve riding skill on the pedal-less bike in a relatively short time period. Many pick up the bike and start to immediately ride with no instructions required. Soon they are coasting and even jumping like a pro.

Balance Bike History

Balance bikes first emerged in Europe over a decade ago where they have experienced widespread popularity. It is not uncommon to visit a family park in Paris, Amsterdam, or London and see a bevy of youngsters skillfully riding around on the pedal-less bikes. Recently the glider bike trend has started to take off in the United States and parents are beginning to encounter numerous brands of balance bikes at most retailers.

No Pedals = Faster Learning

Toddlers tend to learn to ride a balance bike with far fewer bumps and bruises than more traditional tricycles or bikes with training wheels. The balance bike typically becomes a natural extension of the child and requires very little coaching from the parent. Most children find riding a balance bike less terrifying because they can easily utilize their feet to seek comfort and bolster their self-confidence. As the child gains assurance on the balance bike, he will naturally become more daring.

Bike Fit is Important

Parents can adjust the seat of a balance bike to accommodate their child’s specific body size. The seat’s adjustable height allows the child to sit completely on the seat with their tush while their feet are planted firmly on the ground. Having full control of his feet allows him to quickly push off, brake, slow down, and balance all with his soles. This gives the child a true sense of security and removes the scariness of a potential fall. Some balance bikes for kids do not possess a brake, but a few brands are sold with brakes. Most bike shops can install brakes if the bike does not possess a pre-installed factory braking system. Ideally, the balance bike should come with an enclosed rear braking mechanism for complete safety. Children as young as 2-years old can quickly understand and grasp the concept of the bike’s brakes.

Balance Bikes Require Less Energy

Riding and maneuvering traditional bikes with training wheels and tricycles tends to take a great deal of energy. The child often becomes tired from taxing their legs riding up hills and across difficult terrain. Even their arms start to feel the strain of trying to lift or steer traditional bikes because they are about two to three times heavier than a balance bike. As all parents know, a tired child is a cranky child. Avoiding overexertion on any bike ride makes the entire experience far more pleasurable for everyone involved. The balance bike makes physical exertion a thing of the past. A child can easily coast and scoot over hills with relative ease. A family can enjoy longer bike rides without worrying about junior becoming tired.

Tips for Getting Started

To start a child out on a balance bike, you should choose a flat location. Avoid hills during the first few outings. Once your child can ride on a flat surface, it’s time to tackle a hill or two. Toddlers who first start out their biking lives on a balance bike are normally able to transition to a modern two-wheel bike by the time they are four or five years old. Check out our Best Bikes for 3-4 Year Olds to see some of our top picks for balance bikes for kids.

There is very little doubt that biking helps form a deep parent-child bond. It’s a classic activity that families enjoy together. Balance bikes allow the fun of biking to start early and continue for a lifetime.

Kimberly Sharpe is an outdoor sports and travel writer. She has spent a lifetime mountain biking the trails of Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Florida, Northern California, and numerous other locations with friends and family.

Get Your Kid A Mountain Bike That Fits

Get your kid a mountain bike that fits

How important is mountain bike fit for kids? Many people mistakenly believe that a bike is a bike. As long as your kid(s) can reach the pedals and steer the bicycle, very little else matters. However, this is a falsehood. A properly fitting bike is one of the most important things you will ever invest in.

Many people don’t consider the importance of a professional fit when they purchase a bike for their kids. They just see the glitz and glamor of the shiny new machine and have to have it. Well in the world of bikes, looks aren’t everything. A bike must fit your kid’s body to make the ride smooth and inspire confidence.

Important aspects of fit

Bikes are somewhat adjustable. Parts can be changed out, and other modifications made to create the ideal custom fitting bike for your young rider’s particular body shape and size. When having your kid’s bike adjusted you should take into consideration these key points.

  1. Their overall comfort.
  2. Safety and the ability to quickly dismount the bike.
  3. Saddle size, shape, and contour
  4. Smooth riding performance

Mountain Bike test rides are critical

One of the best ways to determine if a bike is right for your child is to get them on the bike in question. Have them take it for a spin. See how it fits their body, how it performs, and the bicycle’s overall feel. Determining the best mountain bike fit for kids might take several test rides.

Get advice from a mtb professional

Prior to leaving the bike store with the newly purchased bicycle, you should have a bike professional make any necessary adjustments. When having a professional technician adjust the bike to your kid’s body, he/she should be wearing the bike shoes they’ll normally wear when biking and have the pedals you’ll be using readily available. If your kids wear a particular biking outfit, then on the day of the adjustments they should wear the same biking pants that they’ll traditionally wear for a long ride.

Most bike technicians could take a little time to fit a bike properly. Be prepared to be at the shop for awhile. Usually, the first step to creating a custom bike fit is to set the bike up on a trainer. Then they’ll have your child hop into the saddle and start pedaling. While watching them in action with your bike, the technician will be able to determine the necessary tweaks to make the machine flow smoothly with their body.

Check out: Tips for Riding with Kids for more info on how to make riding with kids enjoyable for everyone!

Kimberly Sharpe is an outdoor sports and travel writer. She has spent a lifetime mountain biking the trails of Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Florida, Northern California, and numerous other locations with friends and family.

Video – Somewhere Over There

Video - Somewhere Over There Mountain Bike Trail

The Somewhere Over There Mountain Bike trail is brought to you by the good people at SORCA (Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association). Learn more about them here. And, support them here.

My family rode this trail in the summer of 2015. The Somewhere Over There Mountain Bike Trail was pretty humbling for mom and dad. Lots of walking. Our 11 year old LOVED it!

Somewhere Over There Mountain Bike Trail Description

This hand-built trail includes the best of Squamish riding in one fun and challenging trail. The access climb is an excellent warm-up for the mostly downhill fun ahead. Somewhere over There will treat you to the iconic features you expect from BS trails. Besides the flowy loam and challenging rock slabs, this trail features some amazing bridges. This trail is a great all-round ride for riders with strong intermediate to advanced skills.

Squamish, BC

Squamish, BC is one of our favorite family mountain bike destinations. First, there are so many amazing, well-built  trails, it’s impossible to choose a favorite. Second, the scenery is stunning. Third, world class lift-served riding at Whistler Bike Park is less than an hour away!  Check out our Destinations and Trails page for more videos.

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