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Pinkbike Editors' New Years Resolutions for 2022

Dec 22, 2021 at 9:33
by Sarah Moore  
Fall Field Test Photo by Tom Richards

It's always good to have a great big lofty goal to aim for, even if your resolution ends up being abandoned by mid-January. If you could accomplish anything in 2022, what would it be? We put that question to each member of Pinkbike's editorial crew and some regular contributors:

Sarah Moore
Ride More Bike Park

The best bike park in the world is just a 45-minute drive away from where I call home, but I'm embarrassed to say that I don't actually ride there very much. We've done a Pinkbike staff day there the past two years and doing A-Line laps with the team was been a highlight of both seasons. The only problem is that the staff day is usually sometime in late September, so I only have a couple more weekends to make the most of my newfound love of bike park riding. This year, I want to get to the bike park early and spend more time in there the throughout the entire season.

Riding the bike park is great for repetition and getting comfortable on specific features and trails, but I also just want to spend more time sessioning jumps, technical climbs, and descents on everyday rides. I'd also love to do some more coaching this season. I did one day last season and it was really great to get someone else's perspective on what I should be working on. It gives you something to think about on future rides and keeps riding fresh.

Tom Bradshaw
Organize an Event

New Year's resolutions are pretty punishing unless you tell someone about it. So here we go Pinkbike - I'm going to organise an event. Ha yep. In 2022. Yep, in the current climate. It's not going to be an EWS or massive world changing event. Instead something local, something fun, probably involving dress-up, raising money for something and definitely on/around bikes. Selfishly I've just moved to a new town, and want to meet more people. I also love hosting events, and getting people together. I've missed that. So keep your eyes peeled for when the world allows. What about those classic 24 hour team races, or a charity quiz, or a low key Super D....

Seb Stott

I suppose I might as well make a resolution I'm bound to stick to. This year I moved back to Scotland after seven years and I can't wait to go out and explore the best riding the country has to offer. I'm looking forward to getting re-acquainted with some of my favourite riding spots, including Dunkeld, Aviemore and the Tweed Valley where I now live, but also riding plenty of new trails and new locations across the country.

Mike Kazimer
Ride on the East Coast (Again)

I grew up in Connecticut, and got my start mountain biking and racing all over New England. Bigger mountains were calling my name, though, which is how I ended up in Colorado after high school, and in Washington eight years after that. I'm waaay overdue for a trip back east – almost 20 years have gone by since I last visited my hometown – so I'd really like to plan a trip to see how the riding scene has evolved.

There are two East Coast EWS rounds next season, one in Vermont and one in Maine, and I'm sure either of those events would be a good time. There's also the Trans New England race that looks even more appealing – I don't think you can go wrong with unlimited maple syrup and five days of blind enduro racing. Here's hoping I can get over to the other side of the country to revisit the trails that originally got me hooked on mountain biking.

Mike Levy
More Stupid Rides

I couple of years back, I wrote something about wanting to "do more stupid rides," and that some of my fondest on-bike memories have been when I've either been "laughing, crying, hyperventilating, or doing an embarrassing combination of all three." Sure, it might not be all that fun in the moment, but we all know those sorts of rides are the kind you end up recounting at the end of the year... Like the time we bushwhacked through tight alders and thorns for six hours in mostly the wrong direction while mostly naked during a twelve-hour day on the bike. Or that month in the summer when I thought I was tougher than the sun and caught heat stroke two or three times while trying to do monster rides inside a pizza oven. Or that day when I definitely shouldn't have taken my dumb short-travel bike to that one trail on that rainy day and not expect to get spanked extra hard. Those were such good times.

I probably don't need to call it a resolution, but I'd like to continue doing more of the same in 2022 while also mixing things up in some different locations. Travel permitting and being optimistic about things, I'd love to ride the length of Cuba or Taiwan, or at least explore more of what's closer to me while making more memories that maybe aren't all the fun in the moment.

Henry Quinney
Don't Move House

I know it sounds strange. I mean how hard can it be? Truthfully, I've lived quite a transient experience for most of my adult life. The most I've lived in any one place since 2010 is around 18 months. This happened on two occasions but both times I just got itchy feet for the next big thing. Almost without exception, the change has been prompted by better riding and greener, warmer pastures. This year though, I'm determined not to leave Canada for more than a week or two until at least next winter. This makes seeing out the cold months something I will have to do.

A problem with moving around a lot is that you no longer see it as a big deal, especially in a pre-covid world. I remember I was once walking home from a night out in NZ and I saw frost on somebody's windscreen and I booked a ticket to France just a few hours later. In 2021 I spent around 16 weeks in some form of isolation due to covid restrictions or travel quarantine. As much as I'm happy with those choices, and they were my own choices, it got pretty old. Quite frankly there is only a set amount of hours you can play computer games and eat cheese toasties before it begins to wear. I think at the core of it, New Zealand still has a hold on my heart and I can't help but compare places to it, even though I know there were many times when I was fed up with the place and envisioned leaving. Just like anywhere, be it any of the places I've been lucky enough to call home, location is not the silver bullet to feeling good within yourself. It's just one piece of a larger puzzle.

Life changes and we all grow up, albeit at different rates to each other. I feel like a man-sized boy, almost as if I'm living some form of caveated adulthood where it doesn't quite count. Whilst I don't suppose that will ever change, the first few months of 2022 will be the last of my twenties and I think I'm ready to just chill out and learn to love somewhere, even if it means I need to accept I can't ride in the mountains every day of the year.

Alicia Leggett
Chill Out

My plan for the new year is to try to stop stressing so much about every little thing. This year, my love for mountain biking and really everything else was a bit muddied by the fact that I just never live up to the unreasonable expectations I set for myself. It's hard to enjoy riding a bike when you're just never possibly going to be fit enough, skilled enough, stylish enough, or whatever else runs through my head - especially since every time I improve, I lift my unreachable standards, too. I know that's not good.

So this year, I'm just going to ride a bike because I enjoy riding a bike. I'll go on fast rides, I'll go on slow rides, and I'll go on all kinds of in-between rides. All of it will be better than any type of ride that's ruined because I'm not the perfect rider, and goddamn, riding bikes is super fun. It would be pretty sad to lose sight of that.

As for the non-bike areas of my life? My resolution is also to chill the f*ck out. I'll give my best, then stop stressing and let things play out however they will. I can't control most of it anyway.

Matt Wragg
Run (again)

Last year I said I wanted to run. The truth is that I didn't do very well at it this past year. I got into a groove a couple of times, but could never get to the point of consistency. So rather than try and start something new, I want to get this dialled.

Of course, aiming for consistency doesn't mean I should try and repeat what didn't work last year. This Autumn my wife and I bought a house, it came with around a hectare of land divided into steep terraces which is going to need a lot of time to manage, which means less time to ride. My goal is to try and run first thing on the days I need to work on the property, as I won't have enough time to ride those days. Hopefully between the manual labour and the running, even though I have less time for my bikes, I should be stronger when I do head out...

What is your resolution for 2022?


  • 157 34
 can 2022 just be the year we get back to being dicks to other people only about bikes, instead of about their personal views on shit that doesn't matter to anyone but the individual!?
  • 9 2
 My news year’s resolution was to sort out my pinkbike password. Meaning to for ages so thank you for providing me a good reason to do this. Saw your comment and wanted to up vote it. Hang on it’s not 2022. Dang nab it I will have to think of a new one now.
  • 9 0
 I'll agree with you on this occasion, have a good new years eve.
  • 4 0
 Not likely Jim.
  • 17 1
 Bikes might be the one thing that doesn’t matter to anyone but the individual
  • 12 0
 I'm going to assume you ride a 29er and I'm going to pretend I don't ride a 29er and now I'm going to call you lame for riding a 29er. #PB2013

Happy New Years chief

  • 6 1
 2022 we're going back to pick a wheel size and be a dick about it. That's all you're allowed to be a dick about though. Ok, maybe carbon vs aluminum too. That's all!
  • 3 0
 Your bikes shit
  • 4 4
 @8tom8: Your bike is not not wholesome.
  • 1 1
 @BikesNRussets: nooooooooooo
  • 1 2
 @8tom8: It’s not smooth or fun either.
  • 4 5
 I don't know--can we? Rich coming from a douchebag such as yourself who pretended not to brag about spending 5k USD on -900g. Nice sentiment though
  • 4 2
 @ceecee: you talking to me? lol. I can only assume so, since you went filtering back through a few months of comments to find something you could misread then come back and try to make a gotcha comment. LMAO

please, tell me how I was bragging, how I spent $5k to lose 900g, and how your comment is anything besides the antithesis of my comment here.

happy new years, bruv.
  • 1 0
 Ok, I’ll start...your bike sucks bro.
  • 1 0
 @ceecee: why are people such weight-weenies???????
I race xc and my bike weighs 33lbs.
I win races and took 20th at state
  • 1 0
 @jeffreysendit: I'm a weight-weenie when it comes to unsprung and rotating weight because I like jumps. Race a lighter wheel/tire once and you won't want to go back
  • 63 1
 @mattwragg — running is for emergencies when a bear eats your bike or a Sasquatch steals it.
  • 76 1
 Better being eaten by a bear than running, if you ask me.
  • 22 3
 @WRCDH But how can you run in those emergencies if you suck at it? Preparedness is key. Wink
  • 16 0
 I miss running so much!

I started with sailing when I was 6 y.o., continued with running and racing ultra trails in my twenties, damaged all my joints and bought my first mtb to make my training a bit easier for my knees and ankles.
Didn't plan to fall in love (even) with this sport.

Now I'm old, lame, lazy and grumpy and every now and then I decide to start run agsin. But it's so hard and I'm so slow. So slow. And it's not fun being slow. Not even a bit
  • 1 0
 Happened to me twice...both at the same time
  • 4 0
 @mattwragg: as long as you don’t suck at running as much as the person next to you, you’re prepared enough
  • 3 0
 Whenever someone mentions taking up running I have to ask how big is the dog chasing them?
  • 11 0
 Running is awesome. Especially trail running. It’s just mountain biking but stripped back to the essentials you need to explore the mountains. It’s a great way to maintain fitness when you’re really busy, it’s great when traveling with work (I remember those days), and it’s surprisingly relaxing once you get to a certain level of fitness. I also keeps you honest, there’s no sitting down or coasting - if you’re not fit enough there’s no where to hide, you’ll be walking.
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 @Mike-Jay: well said
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Yes! I’m mostly a trail runner these days due to time constraints. 2 years after starting, a few 50k’s later, and I’m finally starting to feel strong. It’s the same feeling I used to get from get from riding. I’m definitely hooked. Never thought I would call myself a runner, ever.
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 @jlang002: And not to forget how trail running community is one of the best out there! I stayed and continued to race for a couple of more years only because of some great people in that circle
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 @pakleni: true. Unfortunately it’s starting to change though. You just have to go to the longer/harder/more obscure events to get the OG vibe now.
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 @jlang002: yeah, I started trail running when I had my kid. It’s hard to sneak out for a 3 hour ride, but a 30 min run is easier to manage in the first year or two. Then you’re hooked.
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 @mattwragg: come on, you support your super cadence on adrenaline and post-run beers... you might not be able to go up/down stairs for a few days though.... Seriously.. running is good plan B for when you cannot ride... I dont think is needed to MTB.
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 @mattwragg: By the way, I invented Nike’s carbon fiber plate shoe technology — based on my carbon fiber ankle foot orthotics I briefly used when relearning how to walk after a spinal cord injury from snowboarding at Whistler. They were initially conceived to help me walk more comfortably and efficiently, but I almost immediately realized they’d be great for running and running racing...and they’ve since set a few world records. They’re like magic to wear all day and walk in — like walking on clouds...which can help reduce the peak stresses and repetitive stress injuries from running (which, let’s face it — as many in the running industry have realized in the last decade — isn’t the best activity for joints, and also some tendons and some bones!). Plus, it helps my toe-off capability which is limited due to calf muscle nerve damage. Although it takes a little adjustment in ankle movement when running (specifically, limited end-of-stride ankle plantar flexion / stiffening the ankle joint a bit just before toe-off), that slight adjustment allows for a propulsive toe-off energy return from the carbon fiber plate...exactly as I hoped it would do in shoes, just like with my ankle foot orthotics.

After Nike, I also helped Brooks and Adidas with their carbon fiber plate shoe versions. And Nike’s latest marathon racing version has my multiple-layer carbon fiber plate technology. But the stuff I’ve conceived for Brooks since then blows all that out of the makes Nike’s existing carbon plate technology look like a 0.75” travel 1999 Litespeed softtail XC bike, whereas my new technology is analogous to a 2021 higher-pivot VPP-esque trail bike suspension system, or more accurately, a bit like Yeti’s Switch Infinity system...literally inspired by my bike suspension work =).

But for training, go for Nike’s $160 Zoom Fly 4 — it lasts longer than Nike’s two $250 racing-only carbon fiber plate shoes with a different foam that last only 2-3 marathons / 80 miles maximum.
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 @mikekazimer I have the perfect trip for you. Fly in for the World Cup in Snowshoe end of July. After that hit a bunch of stuff around that area - head south to Windrock then east to Pisgah. Road trip up to the NE after that and be at the EWS at Burke for Aug 13th. It would be roughly a 2 1/2 week trip but would be insane!!! The amount of diverse locales you could ride off the charts.
  • 19 0
 @mikelevy in the pinkcast: "i need to ride less", writes it down as "i need to ride more"
Thanks all of pinkbike for all the quality entertainment last year!
  • 7 1
 Ugh I know, I confuse myself sometimes
  • 18 2
 Hey Henry. Have moved countries 5 times, cities 17 times and houses 41 times, including 30 years in Western Canada. But NZ is the final stop. If you already have ties here, you will never regret settling here for good. There is always a plane when you need a dose of Europe or North America, and Asia isn’t too far away. But when you come back, feeling good is easy. Less money, less bullshit, less politics. More bush, trails, mountains and fewer people. I wasn’t born here but it will always be home.
  • 28 1
 You lost me at “more bush”
  • 55 1
 You had me at “more bush”
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 @tombradshaw Looking forward to what you come up with!

Raced for many years in lots of places, but the best event I ever attended was one of the original Toonie races. It was just a poker run not really a race with the best hand of cards at the end winning the best prizes. Everyone rode in a loose pack cracking jokes and one upping each other on stunts and short sprints, depending on the bike they brought. There was everything from dual crown bikes to xc bikes and everyone felt like they brought the right bike, and they were probably right lol.

Second best race was a poorly planned xc race that got moved to a heinously technical course not suitable at all for xc bikes. The usual finishing order was completely up ended and beer was had.
  • 7 0
 @mobiller we’re speaking the same language. Something reasonably low admin, dress up, mid race challenges, sausage sizzle and beers most likely. Hmm as I type this it seems more and more like a combination of your two events, a poorly planned, poker run toonie race…
  • 2 0
 @Tombrad: This will be my A race for the season.
  • 3 0
 “Squamish Enduro 2022 presented by Tom Bradshaw” has a nice ring to it just sayin’
  • 18 11
 Ride more for me. I should have my new ebike soon and I'm going to use it to ride more. I turned 53 this year and those climbs really hurt now and it has limited my ride time especially after work as I just don't go because I hurts. I won't get rid of my Ripmo but this will allow me to put in more laps other days. The past few years I've done more bike parks because of the lifts and I see no difference in "cheating" using a lift than riding with a motor. In fact using an ebike is more exercise than sitting on a lift chair.
  • 11 0
 you're right about cheating when you compare ebikes to uplifts but at 53, you're NOT old
  • 18 0
 50's is a common age category for the roaming packs of riders on Seymour hammering out lap after lap on mountain bikes. Got dropped badly climbing by a pack of ludicrously fit grey hairs just last week. Don't throw in the towel just yet.
  • 7 0
 Also 53 with the added bonus of deteriorating joints. Still, hammering the climbs is the way to go for me! Definitely not ready to call myself old! That said, a thumb injury led me to recently upgrade to an AXS shifter and yes, that means I have a battery. But oh, is it good!
  • 2 0
 @gomeeker: try the upgraded AXS shifter, much better!
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flag nickvanmaren (Dec 31, 2021 at 14:48) (Below Threshold)
 You're going to love it! I've been riding my ebike almost exclusively since i bought it, my poor sentinel is colleting dust. And not because im old or injured, because its more fun in almost every conceivable way. Boost mode both ways at all times!
  • 8 13
flag Yaan (Dec 31, 2021 at 15:24) (Below Threshold)
 I have a DH bike for shuttle and Bike Park laps and an E-bike for everyday laps. Your going to ride that e-bike more than you ever imagined. It's going to be your new uphill fun bike.
  • 6 0
 For some reason I expected these to be offputting (crush PRs or something) but they were all cool. Especially session, explore, and do dumb rides, because they all shun the weird "rat race" version of biking that seems to creep in through Strava and social media (and I'm guilty, don't get me wrong). Bikes are for fun.
  • 5 0
 @alicialeggett: Life is like a bike ride... The trail is the trail and it throws at us whatever it has. How we go down that trail is up to us. We can firm up the suspension settings and look ahead for the fastest line, pushing the pace while the scenery flies by, or we can dial it down and let the suspension do its work, taking whatever line presents itself. The warmth of the sun, the crisp air of the changing seasons, the droplets of rain obscuring our vision, the incredible view we often miss when anticipating the gnarly trail feature - it's all there to enjoy if we choose to. Keep tweaking those settings to improve the ride. Even with 3 decades more practice than you, I still adjust those knobs, but it is the one thing that we can all get better at as time goes by. Here's to a chill 2022!
  • 5 1
 I can really empathize with "explore". I got a new 145/150mm FS trail bike, to replace the hardtail singlespeed I'd been grinding around on for over a decade, about a year ago, and it's totally rekindled my love for riding. I know "It's not the bike, it's the rider.", but I think we an all agree that modern MTBs are *awesome*, and if you're riding something that's ten or more years old (I was riding an '08 Gary Fisher Rig.), a current-day bike is a huuuuuge upgrade.

I'm fortunate to have a pretty fun spot 20 minutes (riding) from my house, but that's pretty much the *only* place I've ridden my new bike in the last year, with the exception of a few park days.

Prior to that I spent a lot of years XC racing and mostly training locally, so with the exception of race venues, I've barely even explored what riding my region has to offer and I've lived in the same town for pretty much my entire adult life. There are oodles of fun trails 2 hours or less away that I've never even ridden. I gotta get out more.

With two young kids at home and the other usual work/life commitments, my ride window is typically 3 hours or less though, so driving for 2+ of those hours is less than ideal. Still, I'm gonna join Seb in vowing to explore more new trails in the coming year. If nothing else I gotta get up to Snow Summit at least a few times next season. SkyPark is great and all, but I gotta level up and go ride some big-boy park lines.
  • 3 0
 Dammit, don't give me hope and tempt me! I want to squeeze a little more lout of my 26'er SB66 before upgrading.
  • 2 0
 I somewhat disagree, Trev. Quite a few bikes worked well 10 yrs ago. Sam Hill, Bryceland, Barrecloth, Peat, Sorge, (perhaps even that Watson guy) seemed to get along pretty ok with them. Just not Gary Fisher, your talking 90’s there. In fact, name one rider that outrides what we were seeing 10 yrs ago (other than slopestyle and fest- those bikes don’t have wagon wheels) Otherwise, good read.
  • 4 0
 Pink bike staff is my inspiration so I shall endeavor to sell my house and live in a RV like chilled Alicia. Travel coast to coast like Kazimer as a Gypsy like Henry. Ride more bike park like Sarah and include Tom's event. Buy really good rain gear like Seb. Try not to kill myself like Levey but will probably twist my ankle like Matt.
  • 11 5
 Pink bike editor new year resolution I wish i was as good as Paul Aston
  • 2 0
 Organize an event is on my list as well. I just need to find someone to work with that can make my crazy ideas into a palatable event. Right now I've only talked with other idiots like me who want to take on the all trails in town route that took 13 hours last time and we've added plenty more single-track since then!
  • 3 0
 Hope that it never changes for you Henry. Being an adult-sized child is still and always awesome. Surely why we all love bikes so much. Cheers to all for more pedal time and good times on bikes in 2022!
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer One more vote for you riding the Trans New England Enduro, and maybe filming a series of riding out in New England. We have some great riding out here that is different, but arguably just as fun as riding in Colorado, Bellingham etc
  • 6 1
 Hey Tom Bradshaw. You know what would be right up your alley? A hardtails only enduro. That would be cool.
  • 1 0
 @Tombrad Tom! Do this one!
  • 5 0
 Apres, just not all day... less beer more bikes. F*k covid.
  • 4 0
 @henryquinney move to Wollongong NSW Australia, it sounds like you would think it's nirvana
  • 2 1
 ...apart from all the stuff that's trying to kill you Wink
  • 2 0
 @Tambo: but not eat you. Koala bears aren’t bears.
  • 1 0
 @henryQuinney There’s power and truth to the saying”love where you live,” but if you’re just getting into your thirties, keep exploring my friend. Plenty of time to get to that place when the family arrives. Too many places in this world to leave unexplored. Go get it!
  • 1 0
i grew up in NH - moved to Colorado, California now back east.. Settled in Maine.

i will say the coast of Massachusetts has some of the most technical riding that i have ridden. you must know, im sure. thought it was worth a mention.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer - 20 years… you won’t recognize CT. The quantity and quality of trails is so good. I’ve been away for 8 years and I’m always blown away when I visit. So many new trail networks and the old classics are still there and either the same or better.
  • 2 0
 How about maybe some trailwork/advocacy? I suppose that’s a given for all PB staff as they’d be nowhere without them? No I’m not talking donating $, I’m talking the real shit, blood sweat and tears.
  • 4 0
 "If you could accomplish anything in 2021"
wow, not a good start for 2022
  • 2 0
 @henryquinney c’mon now, isn’t “not moving” kind of a weak resolution when you’re a mountain biker that just moved to Squamish?
  • 2 0
 Less injuries and , there’s absolutely no way I’m going to drink less beer,
uuunnnless. Wink
I, could get another bike?
  • 1 0
 I have no need to organise an event, and I may need to move house (which is good!) but the rest of these I could really get on board with. Good luck, all of you!
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer If you're going east to ride, go to the furthest point on the continent. Go to Newfoundland. They have such a solid riding scene and the province is gorgeous.
  • 2 0
 In driving/ferry time, Newfoundland and Coloarado are amazingly the same distance from CT

@mikekazimer Free maple syrup shots if you’re ever in this neck of the woods!
  • 2 0
 Alicia, don't be a quitter! How are you going to attain perfection if you "chill the f*ck out" now!?
  • 1 0
 Hopefully Quinney can "see out the cold months" living 40 minutes from Whistler Blackcomb. I mean whatever is there to do in winter up there?
  • 4 0
 Do more bikepacking.
  • 2 0
 Good content, but numerous typos throughout. Might want to do a quick read-through.
  • 2 0
 Typing on a phone is tricky.
  • 2 0
 Be more positive in the comments section... End world hunger... Unlikely to achieve either tbh.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer i would love to meet you at an east coast EWS, and love to read/watch your thoughts on it! .....and maybe grab a selfie if it wouldnt be too much haha.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer whenever you make the trip to CT I'll show you around Case if you'd like!
  • 1 0
 Turn my terraced hectare of land into an awesome little practice track. But that's just me Wink .
  • 1 0
 We’d love to have you in Maine @mikekazimer the riding here has taken off!!!
  • 3 0
 Les druggs
  • 2 1
 Another article that should have been a podcast… wait…
  • 1 0
 2022: an end to trails called 'rona', 'furlough', 'quarantine' \m/
  • 1 0
 I with that east coast resolution. Jersey is calling me back! Cheers
  • 1 0
 Disappointed to see nothing about trail advocacy/work.
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