Well, Arizona Bikeweek 2010 is
officially under way. The pre-rally dealership parties are history
and riders are looking forward to the charity rides this week and the start of
Cyclefest at Westworld. I was told that there are over 200 vendors that will be
setting up this year. That should create some good eye candy and browsing before
the concerts get underway each night. As usual, we will be doing the Wednesday
Ride for Kids out of Buddy Stubbs. I think we have done this one
for at least 7 years in a row now and it is always enjoyable. It is tough for me
to turn down a good day ride out of town. Should be fun. Since I am always
looking for longer rides, I might do the Firefighter Ride on
Friday as well. That one takes you on a nice ride through Globe, Roosevelt
Lake, Jake's Corner and back to Westworld. Saturday, I plan to join the
Ride out of Chester's to Westworld and the Make-A-Wish Ride on
Sunday. Throw in hosting 3 Bike
Nights in between and that should keep me busy for the week.
See all of the remaining Arizona
Bikeweek activities on their event calendar at www.azbikeweek.com . My photos
from the week so far can be found HERE.
Rusty Childress has taken some excellent photos as usual, they can be seen HERE.
I mentioned the Make-A-Wish Ride
above. This could very well be the best kept secret
for a potentially big ride to ever hit the valley. I will tell you more
about that in just a minute, but right now I would like to share with you a
story that I did not know, and that is how Make-A-Wish got started. I'm sure
most everyone has heard of the Make-A-Wish foundation, it is one of the most
recognizable charities of all time. But what you might not know is that
Make-A-Wish started with a DPS officer right here in Phoenix 30 years ago.
Here is how the story goes.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation traces its
beginning to one boy’s wish. In 1980, 7-year-old Chris Greicius was
being treated for leukemia. Every day, he dreamed of becoming a police officer.
U.S. Customs Officer Tommy Austin had befriended Chris and his mother, Linda
Bergendahl-Pauling. He also promised Chris a ride in a police helicopter. When
Chris’ health worsened, Austin contacted Ron Cox, an Arizona Department of
Public Safety officer, and planned a day that would lift Chris’
On April 29, 1980, Austin and a
caring group of DPS personnel started Chris’ day with a tour of the city in a
department helicopter, which also flew him to headquarters. Three
cruisers and a motorcycle officer greeted him before his meeting with the DPS
command staff. There, Chris was sworn in as the first honorary DPS patrolman in
state history. But his experience didn’t stop there. Cox contacted John’s
Uniforms, which agreed to make a custom-tailored DPS uniform for Chris. The
store owner and two seamstresses worked through the night to finish it. The
officers presented the official uniform to Chris on May 1 and arranged a
motorcycle proficiency test so he could earn wings to pin on his uniform.
Needless to say, Chris passed the test with flying colors on his
On May 2, Chris was back in the
hospital. He asked to arrange the room so he could always see his
uniform, his motorcycle helmet and his “Smokey Bear”-style campaign hat. DPS
motor officer Frank Shankwitz presented Chris with his motorcycle wings. He
accepted them with a smile that lit up the room. The following day, Chris
passed away, but not before seeing his dream come true and experiencing the
hope, strength and joy that came from receiving his wish. See Chris Greicius picture in
They saw how happy Chris was knowing
his wish came true, and that the wish seemed to take some of Chris
and Linda's pain away – replacing the anguish with smiles and laughter. They
thought that if one boy's wish could create such happiness, maybe they could do
the same for other children. They presented the plan to the people who helped
grant Chris' wish. Linda and others endorsed the plan. Thus, the Chris Greicius
Make-A-Wish Memorial – which later became known as the Make-A-Wish
Foundation – was born.
As most of you know that have
followed my toy rides over the last 8 years, where we bus in
150-200 homeless kids and allow them to pick out any 3 gifts to take home
with them from the thousands of toys that the riders drop off, I
really have a heart for helping kids and have always had a silent
admiration for the Make-A-Wish Foundation for what they do for terminally ill
children. So when I was approached by Marcia Roeder of the Wish Riders to help
get the word out about the upcoming Wish Riders Highway 101 Run, I was more than
happy to join the cause and do what I could to let riders know about this
amazing, one of a kind event that will be taking place this Sunday.
Apparently ABC Television feels the
same about the Make-A-Wish Foundation because they are in the midst
of shooting a one hour television show featuring the big hearts of motorcycle
riders across the United States called The Wish Riders. Wish Riders is a
one-hour television special taped in honor of the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s 30th
anniversary. Wish Riders will follow an eclectic group of bikers on amazing
journeys to where they'll help someone facing a tough road. Full of colorful
personalities, loud bikes, and emotional, life-changing moments, the initial
episode will be filmed in part at the world famous Arizona Bike Week, including
filming of this ride from the ground and from the air.
Here is where the Wish Riders need
your help. On Sunday, April 18th, the Wish Riders Highway 101
Run will begin from 9 area Harley-Davidson dealerships. The start times for
each dealership will be timed so that all of the 9 rides will meet up at
Westworld for Arizona Bikeweek. This will all be filmed for the TV show,
including activities at Arizona Bikeweek throughout the week, which will
be shown on ABC television in early summer. All rides leaving the
dealerships will converge on Westworld at the same time. Don't miss the
concert with Mogollon Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pm in the Handlebar
Saloon. Rumor has it that we could see some big surprises at this show.
Here are the details:
Time: On site
registration is from 8 - 8:30am on Sunday, April 18th.
Location: Ride leaves from 9 local Harley Dealerships. Choose
your start location when you register online.
Cost: $35 per
rider, $20 per passenger.
1. Ride for
Make-A-Wish to Arizona Bike Week at Westworld.
2. Limited edition
pin and patch (limited to the first 1,000 registrants) Riders who register the
morning of AZ Wish Ride, Sunday, April 18, 2010, will not receive a pin
or patch. You must register online or in person at a
dealership to reserve your pin and patch. Just click Join The
3. General Admission
Ticket to Arizona Bike Week Cyclefest, April 18th, 2010.
I have set up a
Cyclerides.com Fundraising page for this event, just like the
dealerships are doing and would ask that if you have an interest in
participating in this ride to sign up online as part of the
Cyclerides.com Team. Let's make the Cyclerides.com family of
riders the winning team. Click Here to
Register Now and secure your pin and patch for
this historic ride. Click Join The Team to register for
As with a lot of charities, the
Make-A-Wish Foundation is way down on donations this year. I know a
lot of you reading this can't make the ride. But if you just want to
donate, you can do that as well in the name of the Cyclerides Team. Click Here to Donate any
I look forward to seeing you on the
ride. I will be leaving from Arrowhead HD.
Bike Nights This Week
NEW!! Day Changed to
For the riders in the Southeast Valley, the
Downtown Chandler Bike Night is back on! This year, the night for motorcycles in
Chandler changed. It is now on Tuesday nights. The really good news
is that the road will be blocked off for motorcycle only traffic which will
make this a much more safe and enjoyable event.
Enjoy food and drink
San Tan Brewery,
Thanks to the City and the Downtown
Chandler Community Partnership for making this happen. Once again we will have
vendors, music and participating bars and restaurants for you to enjoy. I will
bring more details to you as I get them. Downtown
Chandler is located just 5.5 miles South of U.S. 60 on Arizona Ave. adjacent to
Dr. AJ Chandler Park. (MAP) Bike Night will be from 6pm - 10pm. Look forward to seeing
all of you back again this year!
Saloon Tuesday Bike Night After Hours Party
. Jugg'z Saloon is inviting you
to stop by their "After Hours Party" for the Downtown Chandler Bike
Night from 7pm - Close. Jugg'z is located just 1.5 miles South of Downtown
Chandler at 851 S. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. Enjoy 12 Wings & Beer for
$6.00, 12" Pizza and Beer for $6.00 and $2.00 Coors Light and Bud Light. 2 Pool
Tables, 2 Dart Boards and 4 TV's for sporting events. Bike Parking in front of
I think this is going to be a great
venue for bike night as we fill the streets with vendors, music and
For those of you on the East side of town, you
have not been forgotten. This is something that I have wanted to do
for a few years, and it is finally happening. I will be starting a new bike
night in Downtown Scottsdale on Wednesday nights. Many of you might remember a
few years ago when Arizona Bike Week had the Tuesday night party on Craftsman
Ct. in Downtown Scottsdale. We will be re-creating that great party by
blocking off Craftsman Ct. between 3rd Ave. and 5th Ave., just West of
Scottsdale Rd. each Wednesday night for motorcycle only
parking. This is the same location as the Downtown Scottsdale Block
Four bars and restaurants on this street will be
participating in this event with Bike Night specials including:
Upper Deck Sports Grill,
Acme Bar &
Three of these places have outdoor patios
and are set up perfect for a bike night. Plenty of trees and a nice
ambiance around. We will have LIVE Music, vendors, food specials, drink specials
and plenty of plenty of fun as we head into riding season.
The Weather is Supposed to be 83 degrees and
sunny this Wednesday.
This would be the perfect time to
give the Cyclerides.com Downtown Scottsdale Bike Night a try. Live
Special Thanks to Hacienda
Harley-Davidson in Scottsdale as our first sponsor of this event.
Be sure to stop by their display to see the latest in Harley-Davidson and Custom
If you would like to be
a Sponsor or a Vendor at this event, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Should be a great place for a Wednesday
night bike night in Scottsdale. Click Here For Information
Page and for New Photos of the
street, restaurants and an aerial view. Should be fun!
Billet Bar Bike Night has moved to
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. The Billet Bar has now moved bike night to
Wednesday nights as well as Thursdays to take advantage of all of the bikes
expected to be in town for the Downtown Scottsdale Bike
Not only that, Billet Bar is now serving food cooked right there on the
That's right, Myron now has a grill and is serving up
1/4 pound cheeseburgers and chips right there hot off the grill for $6.50 every
day of the week. On bike night enjoy happy hour pricing on drinks all
night long. Click Here for 2 for 1 coupon for your first drink. Print it out and bring it in to
This is the
perfect time of year to set on the patio and watch the action on
Scottsdale. The Billet was Voted "BEST BIKER BAR IN PHOENIX" by New Times.
There is no better place to watch all the Bikes ride
down Scottsdale road than from The Billet Bar Patio. The Billet is ALWAYS packed
with bikes Every Day. Stop by and take a look at the New Flamed Booths on the
Paradise Patio. The new bars front and rear provide spacious seating, fresh air
atmosphere, perfect temperature and courteous staff. You can sit at the back bar
and watch your favorite TV on any of the seven big inch televisions. Play pool,
listen to the latest music and socialize. The front patio seats over 75 people
and is perfect for people watching on Scottsdale Rd. The Billet Bar is located
on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long.
Info: at 480-941-1876.
The Westgate Bike Night in
Association with Cyclerides.com is back and bigger
This turned out to
be one of the most talked about and best attended bike nights this
State has ever seen. There was some disappointment when
it ended last July 2nd, but the anticipation was building this year and we
kicked it off in a huge way on March 18th with an estimated 1500 bikes. We hope
to make this one even better than last year with different programming every
Here for Photos from last week.
Due to Arizona Bike Week festivities, we do not
have a guest builder this week.
If you can't make it, Click Here to view the new
Westgate Bike Night Web Cam. Page automatically refreshes every 10
seconds. Will be live every Thursday for bike night from 5pm -
I would like to
give special thanks to our Sponsors of the Westgate Bike Night.
Please visit their booths at
the event and click their links below to learn more about them.
Petersen Johnson is a local Arizona law firm,
whose attorneys have over 60 years of combined legal
experience in Accident/Injury law and DUI/Criminal Defense law. We
have substantial experience in representing riders injured in motorcycle
accidents. Ron Petersen and Brad Johnson are involved in every injury
case. We discount our fees; never our service. Please call us
locally at 602-650-1200, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Performance. A full service shop
specializing in high performance upgrades and dyno tuning.
Let our team of professionals fulfill your performance needs and unlock
your bike’s full potential. Motorcycle Builder and performance expert
Nick Trask will be Featuring his turbo systems. This will
be your opportunity to meet Nick and see how he can improve the performance
of your bike.
Powder Coating. Professional powder coating for
everything metal from motorcycles and sand rails to fencing.
their booth and see examples of their work.
Arizona Victory Motorcycles
We are pleased to announce our newest Sponsor to Westgate Bike Night. Arizona
Victory, one of the top Victory dealers in the United States is
located at 13401 N. Cave Creek Rd. Stop by their booth and see the latest from
American Made Victory Motorcycles including the Cross Country touring motorcycle
from Victory. Arrange your demo ride.
For the duration of this run over the next
12 weeks, I will be updating the Westgate Bike Night page with the weekly
photos, restaurant specials, special guests, musical guests
and programming. So bookmark this page and check back every week to see what is coming up. I
look forward to seeing you all this week at Westgate. Westgate City Center
is located on the SE Corner of the Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. in Glendale next
to Jobing.com Arena and University of Phoenix Stadium.
Looking for a good quick ride destination or
a great place to meet up with your group for a ride? Grab lunch before you go! Every Saturday from 11am - 2pm head to
Chester's Harley-Davidson for the "Party On The
** Enjoy FREE BBQ Burgers and Dogs with
all the fixins',
** Live Music this week
with Dok & Gal
** Outdoor Sidewalk Sale 9:30am - 4:30pm.
Great Deals to be had on some inventory reduction!
** Pool Tournament: First Place $50
Chester's Gift Card. 2nd Place a $25 Gift Card.
** Guess the horsepower contest. $25
Chester's Gift Card to the winner.
Park under the patio, hang out with other
riders, meet new friends and DEMO a brand new Harley-Davidson. Good times to be
had by all. The Party on the Patio will be happening EVERY Saturday at Chester's
Harley-Davidson located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ.
Wednesday - Sunday, April 14-17
Click Here for Event Page for all of the
activities over the 10 days.
Buy your 5 Day event pass to
Cyclefest at WestWorld for just $50 online and you'll be sure to get
your music fix as well. Opening night of Cyclefest is Wednesday,
April 14th and Vince Neill will be starting the
party off right, with all your favorite Motley Crue hits. Thursday
night Ratt will be jamming for all you metal heads. Friday
night it's the hottest country act around, Dierks
Bentley (FYI Guys; this dude's going to attract even more hot chicks to
his show than Bret Michaels did a couple years ago). And Saturday
night it's that "Bad to the Bone" rocker George Thorogood &
The Destroyers. These concerts start at 9pm but you won't want to miss
the opening bands, featuring some hot local acts.
The events at ABW are so extensive this year that I am not
even going to try and list everything in the newsletter or individually on
Cyclerides.com. They have done a nice job this year of organizing the ABW site
in an easy to navigate tabbed arrangement that you can go to for each day to see
what is on tap for you to do. Click the following link to go to the
then just click on the day that you would like to participate. Some of the non
ABW events are listed on Cyclerides.com April Event Calendar. You
can see what else is going on there.
Wednesday, April 14th
Wednesday Ride For Kids. Presented by Phoenix. H.O.G. Chapter 93. This is
the biggest mid week ride of AZ Bike Week and one that I go on every year and
will be there again this year. Every year this ride attracts over
1000 riders. This year riders will enjoy a beautiful 234 mile ride through
Wickenburg, Yarnell, Kirkland Junction, Prescott, Mayer and back to
Westworld for the Vince Neil concert in the Handlebar Saloon. Sign in
will be at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in
Phoenix. Registration time is 6:30am - 10:00am. $35 per person. First 600
receive tshirt, first 750 receive pin. Your entry price includes entry to
Cyclefest and the Vince Neil concert. Raffle Prizes and Awards will be
given away at 6:30pm. You can Click Here to sign
Friday, April 16th
Pooches 2 Poker Run to benefit the Arizona Humane Society. Pre-Registration online at www.azhumane.org -$25.00 per rider, $15.00 per passenger, or register in person at
Chandler Harley Davidson. Registration includes a ride T-shirt, entry into Cyclefest,
and a free pancake breakfast sponsored by Hills Science Diet. Breakfast will be
served starting at 7:30am at Chandler Harley Davidson, 6895 W. Chandler Blvd.,
which will also be the starting point of the ride. We will have great raffle prizes, a 50/50 drawing and
prizes for high/low hand at the end of the ride, which is Cyclefest.
For more information, www.azhumane.org, or www.chandlerharley.com . The Arizona Humane Society relies solely on donations and
receives no government funding, so please help us support this worthy
Friday, April 16th
7th Annual Fire Fighters Poker
Run presented by United Mesa Firefighters
. Sound the alarm and rev your
engine as this year's event kicks off at Superstition
Harley-Davidson in Apache Junction. Registration 8:00 - 10:00am. Don't
forget to bring your appetite for the Three-Alarm Pancake Breakfast served by
local firefighters. Registration includes entry into West World for Friday's
Events, including a concert at the Handlebar Saloon by Dierks Bentley! $1000
prize money! By taking part in this year's poker run and completing all five
stops, you have a chance to win $1000 in total prize money for the best and
worst poker hands. Route takes you through Globe, Roosevelt Lake, Jake's Corner
and back to Westworld.
Saturday, April 17th
Harley-Davidson 11th Annual "Torch Ride" to Cyclefest. Don’t miss the 11th
ANNUAL TORCH RIDE with Chester’s Harley-Davidson to benefit the
Special Olympics Arizona. If you haven’t already pre-registered at www.chestershd.com, you can register the day of
the ride from 8-10am at Chester’s. Last year there were 1900 riders and over
$40,000 was raised. And the ride is expected to be even bigger this year!
This is the only fully escorted ride to Arizona Bike Week Cyclefest.
Registration includes commemorative Ride Pin, Pancake Breakfast, and admission
to Cyclefest including a Live Concert by George Thorogood. Kickstands up at
10:30am. RIDE WITH US! Chester’s
922 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ,
Saturday, April 17th
9th Annual PYO Bash
. This is the party of AZ Bikeweek at Paul Yaffe's shop that
everyone talks about. Once again he is bringing in a top
notch music with the Blue Rose Band. Party starts at Noon and goes
till 5pm. Then on to Cyclefest for the George Thorogood Concert. As always,
Paul will treat everyone to beer, food, bikes, babes and live music. Come see
the official Arizona "Copper Chopper" in progress. PYO is located at 2211 E.
Indian School Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. www.paulyaffeoriginals.com
Saturday, April 17th
Bikers. This event was formed to benefit the families of the fallen riders
in the horrible accident on March 25th on Carefree Hwy. Saturday,
April 17th at Harold's Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E Cave Creek rd., we will be
holding a huge raffle from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Included in the raffle, will be
gift certificates, services, motorcycle accessories and equipment, tools, and
much more! At 3:00pm the Live Auction will begin. There, we will be selling
several items to include: motorcycle equipment, trips, cigar packages, sports
memorabilia, tattoo packages, and maybe even a motorcycle or two!!!! 100% of the
proceeds will go straight to the families of the victims for funeral costs,
medical bills, and any other needs they may have. Merchandise donations are
welcomed by calling Mitch Jordan at 623-293-2305.
Sunday, April 18th
Blessing of the Bikes. Bike week has come to an end. Now,
you're invited to finish off Bike Week with a Blessing! All bikers welcome. Free
ride-pin for first 200 riders - Free lunch - Official Crossroads Blessing of the
Bikes T-shirts will be available for $15 (short sleeve) or $20 (long sleeve).
XXL and XXXL add $2 more. Crossroads Alliance Church believes that we must honor
those who put their lives on the line for all Americans. We realize freedom
isn't free, so we thank God for our police, firefighters, and the men and women
of the United States Military. Hope to see you all this year at the 2010
Blessing of the Bikes.
Sunday, April 18th
Run" Logan's Valley Motorcycles Charity Poker Ride.
The Final ride
of Arizona Bike Week 2010! Always a favorite. Proceeds benefit the
“Crusader for the Children” and their list of local children organizations. This
leisurely unescorted 110 mile ride through the beautiful Sonoran Desert begins
and ends at ABW Cyclefest at WestWorld followed by an afternoon of rowdy
entertainment with local favorite Mogollon, 3-6pm in the HandleBar Saloon.
Registration opens at 10am at Cyclefest.
Friday, April 23rd
Harley-Davidson Hot Rods & Harleys Car and Bike Show. Back by popular
demand! Friday, April 23rd from
4pm - 8pm. Ride by and enjoy a beautiful display of Customs, Hot Rods,
T-Buckets, Muscle Cars and More. Get your picture taken with Big Red and the
Cheerleaders. Food and Drinks. The show is free to enter
and prizes will be awarded for the Peoples Choice 1st, 2nd and 3rd car and bike.
Entrants in the car and bike show will receive a free event
T-shirt. ALL Bikes and Cars welcome. Arrowhead HD is located at
16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center. Dr. in Peoria, AZ.
Saturday, April 24th
Harley-Davidson MDA Ride. Join us for our annual ride to support the
Muscular Dystrophy Association. Ride starts at RideNow Powersports
located at 7501 E. 22nd St. in Tucson. Ride will end at Tucson
Harley with an after party and Hooptie Event (Ugliest Cars and Bikes in
Tucson) There will also be a bikini contest for Miss Hooptie! Beer Garden -
Music - Bikini Contest. All proceeds will go to MDA. Raffle prizes. Jam
packed day of fun! FMI or to register for the ride please call:
Saturday, April 24th
Harley-Davidson Hogs and Dogs. Ride by and Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson and
enjoy his famous monthly Hogs and Dogs event from 11am - 3pm. LIVE
Music, FREE Food, FREE Drinks, FREE Motorcycle Museum Tours with Buddy Stubbs,
FREE pool tournament for prizes and Meet The Arizona Roller Derby and find some
bargains in the big Sidewalk Sale. Test Ride a New Harley and
enter to win daily $500 HD gift cards. Plus, you will be entered to win the
ultimate Super Ride. This event is always a good time and one
that riders look forward to every month. Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson
is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. 602-971-3400. www.buddystubbshd.com .
Saturday, April 24th
Lost Dutchman State Park
Run. The Lost Dutchman State Park is scheduled to close on June 3rd. This park is located on the Apache Trail, at the base of the Superstition
Mountains. Many people within the community and surrounding communities have
shown interest in keeping this state park open. Superstition Harley-Davidson is
spear heading one of the efforts to keep this park open. There will be a Lost
Dutchman State Park benefit ride starting at Superstition Harley-Davidson on
April 24th. This ride will consist of an observation run, entrance to the park
and lunch provided by Superstition Harley-Davidson. The cost is $15.00 per
person. Registration is available on line at www.superstitionhd.com, under events page, or you
may register the day of the event between 8-10am. This ride is not motorcycle
specific, although more fun, all vehicles are welcome. All proceeds generated by
this benefit ride will go to the Lost Dutchman State Park Foundation, a
non-profit 501-3c organization. (Not the state of Arizona) Please come out and
support great cause!! Friends of the Lost Dutchman State Park. Mark LeResche and Beverly
Sunday, April 25th
7th Annual Run for
the Kids. All proceeds benefit the Arizona State School for the Deaf and
Blind. Pins for the first 100 Riders. High Hand $250/Low Hand $75.
50/50 Drawing, Raffle & Door Prizes. Registration at 10am at the AZ School
for Deaf and Blind located at 1200 West Speedway Blvd. in Tucson. Last bike out
at 12 Noon. Last bike in at American Legion Post 109 at 3:30pm. All
kid-friendly stops. Day of event: $20 donation per rider/$15 passenger. All
proceeds benefit the Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind.
Mid Week Updates will be made
on the Cyclerides.com Facebook.
Take a look at all
the new photos posted on the
wall. If you are not on Facebook, you can
still view the page, but you will not be able to post. There will
be a link there for you to sign up for Facebook if you are inclined. BECOME A
Biker Information Guide Bike Week edition is now out. Check
your local bike shops to get your copy.
I don't know how you could keep from laughing
out loud on this one. It is funny
every time I see it. Click
Here to View.
I don't even don't how to
caption this one. I guess "OOPS" might work. Click Here
Video of the Week:
This is great. Watch Travis Pastrana take 3
attempts to do a backflip on a tricycle being launched from a huge
ramp. Very entertaining. Click Here to
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