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    The Official 2014 Blue Mountain Thread

    Blue Mountain has announced season pass information today

    Bike Show Special - $169 +tax
    available on, or before March 2, 2014

    Early Bird - $199 +tax
    March 3-31, 2014

    Spring Special - $239 +tax
    April 1-30, 2014

    Regular Price - $289 +tax
    Starting May 1, 2014

    Passes will be available to purchase online at the same rates during all of these periods. For those planning on attending the Bike Show (February 28-March 2, 2014) , passes will be printed so you'll be able to take it home with you at the time of purchase.

    Remember how much fun we had last season? here's the

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    Can't wait!

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    not bad for ontario...

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    Adult Season Pass - $269 ... That is a good price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pucker Factor View Post
    Can't wait!
    I'm excited too PF

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pucker Factor View Post
    Can't wait!
    awesome sauce! can't wait till summer, ride the new enduro runs, session haole and all the other fun stuff.
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    aha! i know where that shot was taken... in the steeps of grab bag

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    I'm excited too PF

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Shaw View Post
    Adult Season Pass - $269 ... That is a good price.
    at $169+tax for lift access it's a pretty good deal...

    map is here:

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    I plan to buy my pass this weekend! Can't wait to get my Faith out for a real ride, just need to get protective gear. Really don't know where to start with that.

    Anyway, has anyone raced in the Tuesday night series and know which trails they use for that? I am mainly wondering if there are gap jumps on the course, not comfortable with those at this point. Will be working on that over the summer but thought I would try to find out what the course is like before heading to try a race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shantyspark View Post
    I plan to buy my pass this weekend! Can't wait to get my Faith out for a real ride, just need to get protective gear. Really don't know where to start with that.

    Anyway, has anyone raced in the Tuesday night series and know which trails they use for that? I am mainly wondering if there are gap jumps on the course, not comfortable with those at this point. Will be working on that over the summer but thought I would try to find out what the course is like before heading to try a race.
    The bike show is a good place just to check various models of gear (style/size/price etc). What are you needing? Have you ridden at blue?

    I haven't seen the 2014 Tuesday Night series posted yet. I don't think there is an opening day selected yet. For the Tuesday Night Series, what I recall: the trails alternate from week to week (becoming progressively more technical) Last year the races were held on Groove, Embryo, The Ridge, Showcase etc. They didn't announce the location until race day, but there is time to session the course prior to the race. There are categories for men and women; new riders and experienced riders and for men there is age classes.

    Singlesprocket and I did one of the races...it was my very first race... quite an accomplishment for me And I loved it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    The bike show is a good place just to check various models of gear (style/size/price etc). What are you needing? Have you ridden at blue?

    I haven't seen the 2014 Tuesday Night series posted yet. I don't think there is an opening day selected yet. For the Tuesday Night Series, what I recall: the trails alternate from week to week (becoming progressively more technical) Last year the races were held on Groove, Embryo, The Ridge, Showcase etc. They didn't announce the location until race day, but there is time to session the course prior to the race. There are categories for men and women; new riders and experienced riders and for men there is age classes.

    Singlesprocket and I did one of the races...it was my very first race... quite an accomplishment for me And I loved it.
    I need all gear, but not even sure what to get. I have ridden lots of mountain bike but not a lot of pure downhill riding so my gear is all just XC/trail oriented. I have ridden at Blue and in Whistler this past summer, but each of those were only a day each. I did BC Bike race last year and had no issues riding all of the trails in that, so technical skill isn't much of an issue, just large jumps as I have not had much practice.

    I would love to go to the bike show but unfortunatly I cannot go (going away for the weekend to Taboo resort so still a great weekend, haha). The things I know I want are full face helmet and knee pads. After that I am not sure when it come to compression suit type upper body gear, with or without neck brace, neck brace and elbow pads only up top, no shoulder/chest, etc. When it comes to that part I am really lost.

    When I rode at Blue I rented the full compression suit and gear, which was fine, but in Whistler I didn't get the compression suit for up top and was also fine. Mind you I didn't fall so who knows how fine I would have been if I did. Any recommendations on that or where to go in Collingwood (live there) or close to there to look/buy would be great. I only moved here from Alberta in September so I am not familiar with things much yet.

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    You shouldn't have a problem riding at blue. I'd recommend a full face, knee/shin pads and elbow/forearm pads. Check out Kamikazi in Collingwood or Badlands Sports at Blue Village as well as the pro shop behind Badlands.

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    stoke vid...

    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/78170647" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/78170647">Riding Feels Good: Sid Slotegraaf</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/mechanicaleyemedia">Mechanical Eye Media</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    stoke vid...
    I recognize much of this vid was shot on Grab Bag (my favorite trail... )! Some shots of Haole and Squeaker/Big Sleaze and I think O-Chute

    Sid is an exciting rider to watch. I'm inspired to push the limits this season
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    i second the pro-shop behind bad lands, they are a good bunch of guys in there with great service. plus you get a discount in both places if you are a season pass holder.
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    i dont think you need to worry about gap jumps at Blue, i suck at jumping and i havent found anything at blue overly challenging

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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    stoke vid...
    Hey - he's a local boy! He spoke at Hamilton Cycling Club's year-end banquet and sat at my table. Super nice guy. The club and local community contributed to help get him to the World Cup in South Africa.

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    whats the cost for a day pass?

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    some more discounts...

    15%* off at Blue Mountain Retail Stores
    *Discount applicable on regular priced items. Valid during the 2014 summer season at Red Devil Sports, Lifted, Columbia and Columbia Kids. Must present valid 2014 Mountain Bike Season Pass to receive discount. Cannot be used in conjunction with other offers or discounts. Other exceptions may apply. See in store for details.
    Free “Bring-a-Friend” Day Pass
    *Valid for one complimentary Mountain Bike Day Ticket to be used during the 2014 Mountain Bike Season. Voucher will be distributed at time of pass pickup. No replacements will be issued for lost or forgot vouchers. Vouchers hold no cash value, and cannot be used in conjunction with other offers or discounts. Those redeeming must still purchase a Mountain Bike Park Pass for $10 +taxes.
    20%* off Midweek Resort Lodging
    *Valid: Sunday to Thursday arrivals, May 19 to July 31, 2014 and September 2 to October 2, 2014

    Reserve by calling 705-445-0231 or 877-445-0231 and speak to our Leisure and Travel representatives. Be sure to quote Promo Code: BPASS2014

    *Valid for Sunday through Thursday arrivals only from May 19 to July 31, 2014 and September 2 to October 2, 2014. Accommodation/packages are subject to availability. Rates and packages are subject to change without notice. Any reservation changes will be subject to the current accommodation rate at the time of change. Reservation must be made through information and reservations and will be cross referenced to valid 2014 Blue Mountain Adult Bike Park Season Pass. Season Pass must be presented at the check-in to confirm discount. Package does not include applicable tax, fees or gratuities. Offer valid only at Blue Mountain operated properties. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer or discount
    15%* off regular priced menu items at Jozo’s Bar and The Pottery Restaurant
    *Discount applicable on regular priced menu items only and excludes packaged or promo items. Valid May 23 to October 13, 2014. Must present valid Mountain Bike Season Pass to receive discount. Not to be used in conjunction with other offers or discounts, and cannot be applied to the purchase of alcohol. Other exceptions may apply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by croft View Post
    whats the cost for a day pass?
    Day Pass –includes unlimited lift access $38*
    * All prices + tax
    (Does not include the one-time fee of $10 + tax to obtain the mandatory Bike Park Pass)
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    Opening day (tentative) May 23!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Opening day (tentative) May 23!
    come on warm temps! though it will be muddy. will be interesting how my new carbon 40mm derby wheelset will work.
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    Pedal Fest and the return of the East Coast Open!!

    June 28 – 29, 2014

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    The East Coast open is back and DH Race is returning with an Open format.
    Training: Saturday June 28, 2014
    Race: Sunday June 29, 2014

    Amateur & Open Divisions:
    Youth Boys & Girls 12-14
    Youth Boys & Girls 15-17
    Women 18+
    Men 19-29
    Men 30-39
    Men 40-49
    Men 50+
    Open Men
    Open Women


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    Pedal Fest


    Other Activities during Pedal Fest:

    Whip it Contest Saturday June 28, 2014
    6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Caricature Artist

    Cycle Master the cycling street performer
    BMX Stunt Shows
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    Tuesday Night Downhill Race Series at Blue starts July 15 to August 5, 2014

    (I'm stoked)

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    An hour of fun racing, followed by apres and prizes!
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    Trail update from blue:


    Crews are getting some of the beginner and easy blue trails cleaned up as there is some patches of snow/ice and wet areas that has slowed work down on the collector.

    It's reported that the goals this week are to focus on cleaning and clearing 3-4 trails (Embryo, Fresh Air, Raison Run and The Ridge) down to the Collector. Next week, because of snow and wet conditions, to push for The Groove and The Gulch, and possibly O-Chute depending on how much work is needed on the other trails.

    For the full report:
    Summer Trail Update #1 - Mountain Biking and Hiking
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    Oh boy... Can't wait :0)

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    On the way to Kolapore and did a detour to blue.... this is the view from the Village. Crossing my fingers and toes for opening day next weekend

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    Popped into guest services to get my pass too.
    It's pink this year. Lol.

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    So stoked.
    The barista at Starbucks remembered us from last season and said that ski season was extra long.

    It was nice being back.
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    Is Blue open tomorrow? (Friday)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luis691 View Post
    Is Blue open tomorrow? (Friday)

    Depends on the weather

    I usually check the mountain report before heading to blue.

    Mountain Report

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    Thanks @cyclelicious

    Is the lift serviced stuff too advanced for a downhill n00b?

    I've ridden Kolapore, Kelso, Albion etc., comfortably - not fast, but also not in survival mode.

    My bike is entry-level but reasonably sorted to the point I know nothing's going to fail catastrophically... maybe...

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    I think you will be fine
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    Thanks @cyclelicious

    Hopefully it's on tomorrow. Driving up from GTA.

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    7 of 14 trails open! A little bit of rain just starting so there may be midday closures or delays like any other rain day. Stay tuned to the Mountain Conditions page on the website link for updates.
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    Thanks for the update - I didn't end up going because the mountain report showed it as closed this morning.

    Can someone tell me a bit more about what it's like - are there decent beginner and intermediate trails that have good flow and don't require constant speed management (ie: riding brakes to keep from scaring yourself).

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    7 of 14 trails open! A little bit of rain just starting so there may be midday closures or delays like any other rain day. Stay tuned to the Mountain Conditions page on the website link for updates.

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    Definitely! Embryo is lots of fun and has good flow. There were a couple of beginner trails added last year as well...more pedally, speed management is never an issue on those. Sorry but I forget the names of those. Get a map at the place where you buy your pass...they can show you what fits your abilities. Have a great time!

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    heh, that was a podium finish for me...

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    Tuesday Night Downhill Race Series at Blue starts July 15 to August 5, 2014

    (I'm stoked)

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    An hour of fun racing, followed by apres and prizes!
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    Groove and The Gulch, you will be fine on those.
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    Thanks PFactor! I can expand a little on your post. The Gulch and the Groove are the newest beginner/intermediate trails. They are both wide and flowy, with big berms and a few small pedally sections. I like warming up or winding down on those trails because they are longer runs compared to the rest and you can ride those trails aggressively depending on the mood.

    The intermediate (blue trails) have various technical sections that are great for practicing skills. Rock, roots (Embryo, Raisin), tighter berms (Raisin, Fresh air), tigher turns (Ridge) or steep sections (Ridge) and little jumps (Raisin, Fresh air) etc.

    When I was first learning , I sessioned those runs over a dozen times each visit... and I still find them exciting now that I am faster!

    My first season at blue, I rode a SC Heckler, subsequentlly I rode a SC Bur LT (I still see many riders with these bikes on the runs). I found that the bigger brakes helped me with control when I progressed to the advanced runs (steeper, and bigger drops etc)

    Haole requires a special pass due to some features that require a certain level of advance skill (ie ability to control the bike in the air and handling the bike on off camber sections.

    The advanced trails are varied as well. My favs are Grab Bag, Squeeker, Big Sleaze... and Haole. Singlesprocket likes OChute and the Wall (when it was open) Everyone has a favorite even the pros we have met who have visited blue...

    I hope to see you up at blue. I am riding 180/160 singlecrown black/hotpink transition syren, (the geometry fits my riding style whether I'm riding at blue or Mt Ste Anne). My husband is riding 160/160 black/blue transition covert 650b. (He loves his new bike as well)
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    Thanks all! This is great info - I'm stoked, going to try and head there tomorrow.

    I have a feeling it will be a very expensive trip since I'm sure that afterward I'll want to dump my entry-level GT Avalanche for something better.

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    So I went up yesterday. Ended up getting a great deal on a season's pass ($120).

    I took my entry-level hardtail down Groove (the beginner trail) 2 or 3 times and once down Embryo.

    I then decided to go for a 2 hour downhill lesson to see what I was missing. The bike was amazing (brand new Rocky Mountain Flatline's). Got progressively quicker throughout the day - I still suck and I'm slow but can see this being an addictive sport.

    What kind of bikes are you guys riding up there? Are they all DH focussed? @cyclelicious those Transition bikes look amazing.

    I'd love a downhill specific bike but I need a good all-rounder first that I can use at Kelso (my primary riding area) but still want to have fun on those 4 to 5 trips to Blue every year. Suggestions?

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    i've ridden pretty much every kind of bike at blue from full blown dh to hd xc bikes. i've also ridden the same bikes at mount saint anne. the bike i enjoyed the best was a 160mm travel type of rig. this year i've built up a covert 650b for my blue rig and do everything bike. the bike was built with going down in mind but can be pedaled easily anywhere.

    a couple of things to keep in mind when doing such a build:
    -choose a new enduro style frame (slack head angle, rear 15mm axle)
    -160mm fork
    -wide rim wheel set, go strong, go tubeless
    -i use dh brakes
    -chain guide
    -short stem, wide bars
    -i run big tires 2.4's but 2.3's are ok

    a few people are going back to this style of bike, though you are not going to do 20' gappers with it. it is more then capable of doing drops, jumps and the steeps.

    here's a pic:

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    with a skilled rider here is a vid of what such a bike is capable of:

    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/68255224" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/68255224">The Limit</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user4108505">Transition Bikes</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>









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    So I went up yesterday. Ended up getting a great deal on a season's pass ($120).

    I took my entry-level hardtail down Groove (the beginner trail) 2 or 3 times and once down Embryo.

    I then decided to go for a 2 hour downhill lesson to see what I was missing. The bike was amazing (brand new Rocky Mountain Flatline's). Got progressively quicker throughout the day - I still suck and I'm slow but can see this being an addictive sport.

    What kind of bikes are you guys riding up there? Are they all DH focussed? @cyclelicious those Transition bikes look amazing.

    I'd love a downhill specific bike but I need a good all-rounder first that I can use at Kelso (my primary riding area) but still want to have fun on those 4 to 5 trips to Blue every year. Suggestions?
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    How the heck did you get a seasons pass for $120?!? Even the early-bird bike show special price was $169.

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    I think it had to do with the fact that I had a winter 5x7 pass. When offered the deal I jumped on it - will pay for itself in another 2 days.

    Are there other trails around the top that aren't as gnarly as the downhill ones? My hard tail suffers, and I likely won't be renting a downhill bike and gear every time I go up there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pucker Factor View Post
    How the heck did you get a seasons pass for $120?!? Even the early-bird bike show special price was $169.

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    Nothing really worth going to Blue for, in my opinion. If you're going to be in that area, I think you're better off checking out Kolapore and Three Stage...I think I read that you have been there already? XC trails at Blue are pretty lame really.

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    I'm thinking my budget for the next bike will need to be about $3,500.

    Primary riding: Areas like Kelso, Halton Hills, Hilton Falls etc.

    I'd want to be able to hit the Blue downhill trails 5 or 6 times a year as well and would want something that is capable.

    The Giant Trance SX seems like it could fit the bill: Trance SX 27.5 (2014) | Giant Bicycles | Canada

    Not sure if it might be too much bike. Thoughts?




    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    i've ridden pretty much every kind of bike at blue from full blown dh to hd xc bikes. i've also ridden the same bikes at mount saint anne. the bike i enjoyed the best was a 160mm travel type of rig. this year i've built up a covert 650b for my blue rig and do everything bike. the bike was built with going down in mind but can be pedaled easily anywhere.

    a couple of things to keep in mind when doing such a build:
    -choose a new enduro style frame (slack head angle, rear 15mm axle)
    -160mm fork
    -wide rim wheel set, go strong, go tubeless
    -i use dh brakes
    -chain guide
    -short stem, wide bars
    -i run big tires 2.4's but 2.3's are ok

    a few people are going back to this style of bike, though you are not going to do 20' gappers with it. it is more then capable of doing drops, jumps and the steeps.

    here's a pic:

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    with a skilled rider here is a vid of what such a bike is capable of:

    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/68255224" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/68255224">The Limit</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user4108505">Transition Bikes</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

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    Yep. Used to go to Kolapore years ago. Loved it. Looking forward to getting back there and also trying 3-Stage. Took a 20 year hiatus from riding - I have no idea why. Oh well, better late than never.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pucker Factor View Post
    Nothing really worth going to Blue for, in my opinion. If you're going to be in that area, I think you're better off checking out Kolapore and Three Stage...I think I read that you have been there already? XC trails at Blue are pretty lame really.

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    nah, it's perfect. good for everything. though you might want to get a dual ring to make the climbs easier.

    Quote Originally Posted by Luis691 View Post
    I'm thinking my budget for the next bike will need to be about $3,500.

    Primary riding: Areas like Kelso, Halton Hills, Hilton Falls etc.

    I'd want to be able to hit the Blue downhill trails 5 or 6 times a year as well and would want something that is capable.

    The Giant Trance SX seems like it could fit the bill: Trance SX 27.5 (2014) | Giant Bicycles | Canada

    Not sure if it might be too much bike. Thoughts?
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