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Launch Espresso

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18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
https://www.launchcoloradocafe.com

A new restaurant in the northwest quadrant of the I-70 and Hwy 93 intersection. It is near the Origin Hotel and Kum and Go. A good place to start and end rides. Parking right near the restaurant or we can always use the ‘overflow’ parking in the old commuter lots closer to I-70.

March 2019

Free Bike Check from Velofix

March 17, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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Maybe you bike hasn't been used too much over the past few months? The fine folks at Velofix will be at Launch Espresso to do a free bike check for our first ride of the season.  Show up early, grab a cup of coffee and bring your bike to the Velofix van to do a quick safety check.  Free!

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First Ride of the Season! Golden to Chatfield

March 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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First Ride of the Season! Time to brush off the saddle, lube the chain, pump up the tires and ride!  Launch Espresso will be our starting point (located in the new commercial area in the NW quadrant of I-70 and Hwy 93 - near the Harley dealership).  Get there a little early and enjoy a coffee or a snack.  Meet at 9:45, ride leaves at 10:00am. The temps will be chilly but not bad. Dress appropriately.   Once we go…

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Sunday Launch – Morrison, Easley Rd, Pine Ridge and back

March 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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A nice lower elevation ride for early in the season.  We meet at Launch Cafe again and then go through Red Rocks to Morrison then back north on Rooney Rd. to Golden and then on Easley up to Arvada. We do a 1 mile out and back (2 mile total) climb on the NE side of N. Table Mtn. and then continue north on Easley. Short option skips the out and back. We continue up Easley and turn left on…

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Cancelled! Sunday Launch to Lookout Mtn., Genesee

March 31, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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Cancelled! Road conditions are too sloppy and a local road race has been rescheduled to our ride course.  Have a great Sunday! Get ready for some vertical!  Leaving from Launch Espresso, we go up Lookout Mtn. and ride through the Nature Center and up Mt. Vernon Rd. to Genesee. The published route continues up Genesee Mtn to the end of the pavement. Short option skips this out and back leg (3.8 miles). From Genesee we head back east and down…

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April 2019

Sunday Launch – Golden to Bergen Park

April 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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We meet up at the Launch Cafe again and head west up US 40. At the top of the hill (Genesee) we take the bike path to the El Rancho area. Then it's back on US 40 west to Soda Creek.  We loop through neighborhoods west of Bergen Park, go through Bergen Park back to El Rancho and then re trace our path back to Genesee.  At Genesee there is the option to add about 3 miles by going up…

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Sunday Launch to Kerr-Soda Creek-Genesee

April 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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Know Your Garmin! Garmin Tutorial with Bike Plus Tours Carolyn and Pieter from BikePlusTours will be at Launch Espresso at 8:30am Sunday 28th April for a 45 minute tutorial on how to use Ride With GPS to plan or view routes, upload them to your Garmin and how to use your Garmin to navigate when you are out on the bike.  To get the most out of the session set up a free account on Ride With GPS, bring your…

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May 2019

Launch to Chatfield with Arrowhead Option

May 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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Let's take a long cruiser and get some time in the saddle.  You can either go the full 50ish miles to Arrowhead or bail out at Deer Creek for about 35 miles. Since Chatfield is closed, this route has a couple neighborhood detours and a pit stop at the Gas Station on the way back. Bonus points given for continuing into the Roxborough development up to the water tank. Add 9 miles.

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Launch Up Lookout – Canceled!

May 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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Springtime in Colorado, why do you have to be so cruel?  Let's try again next week. Let's do a casual evening ride leaving from Launch Espresso.  We'll head up out to Lookout via the bike path, up the hill, over to the Buffalo pens and back to Launch via 40.  Easy peasy.  Half price drinks at Launch afterward for Team Evergreen!

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Launch Up Lookout – CANCELED DUE TO PREDICTED RAIN

May 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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Take advantage the extra daylight and warm (soon, we promise) temps with a lil' weekday ride up Lookout.  We'll leave from our favorite starting point, Launch Espresso, at 6pm and take a lap up Lookout to the Buffalo pens and back down hwy 40.  After the ride, hang out with the gang and enjoy a 1/2 price drink at Launch for all TE members.  Pow!

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Launch, Lookout, Genesee, plus “Dino Extension”

May 29, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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Okay folks.  Everyone looks strong so we've made some changes to the route. We start at Launch and head to Golden, do Lookout Mtn, Nature Center and Mt. Vernon Country Club and cross I-70 at Genesee.  Let's continue up Genesee Mtn as far as we can go then come back down to the I-70 corridor and take roads on the south side of I-70 till the next overpass. Then we cross I-70 and head down US 40 to the starting…

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June 2019

Launch, Genesee, down LO Mtn, Bear Creek Park loop, Red Rocks and back

June 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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Last minute revision to route.  Echo Lake will have to wait.  We meet at Launch again and head west on US 40 and do a short version of the Montane loop. Then across I-70 at Genesee, down Mt Vernon and the Nature Center and down Lookout Mtn. Then, on the bike paths, we head toward the Taj Mahal and end up at Rooney Road and Colfax. We can always buzz back to Launch from here if it is raining but…

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One FINAL Route Change – Launch, Blunn Reservoir etc.

June 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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SORRY TO HAVE TO DO THIS!  The route will now start at Launch Cafe and head north. We will go through Golden and loop around Blunn Reservoir counterclockwise (for a change) then take Easley back to Golden. Then we head southeast skirting South Table Mtn on neighborhood streets to Johnson Ave. Then up Johnson to the Taj Mahal and continue south to Rooney Rd. We take Rooney Rd south to Morrison, go west through Morrison and up to Launch via…

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Triple Training Alternative – Reverse Montane, Soda Cr., Mt. Vernon

June 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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So we can't do Loveland Pass, but we can leave from our favorite lower level spot, Launch Espresso.  This is a pretty meaty bit of climbing, so good prep for the Triple. We head up US 40 till the I-70 overpass and then head south and west doing the Montane neighborhood in the opposite direction from what we usually do. Then we head west through where the buffalo roam (bike path) to El Rancho where we head west on US…

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August 2019

Lariat Loop from Launch

August 4, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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Let's get back to a Launch site start and finish.  We will leave Launch at 9 AM and head to Golden, then go up Lookout Mtn., ride through Mt Vernon and take the bike path through the buffalo preserve to the El Rancho vicinity. Then we ride up the Evergreen Parkway (hwy 74) a short distance to where we make a left and buzz down Kerr Gulch.  Watch for potholes near the bottom where we cross the creek.   At…

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September 2019

Launch, LO Mtn, Genesee, Grapevine, Red Rocks

September 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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It's about time to use our Launch site as the start (and finish!) of another ride.  Also, we haven't ridden on Grapevine all year so let's give that a go and see some new terrain. So we start out at Launch, go south and over Dinosaur ridge then take Rooney Rd. and the bike path to the bottom of Lookout Mtn. We do the old familiar LO Mtn, Nature Center, Mount Vernon route and then add a short out and…

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Launch, LO Mtn., Genesee, Montane and back

September 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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Leaving from the ol' watering hole at Launch, we go to Golden, do Lookout Mountain, the Nature Center, Mt. Vernon CC, and cross the bridge over I-70 at Genesee.  Then we can go up Genesee Mtn. (this little out and back is always optional) and back down then we loop through the Montane Park neighborhood before getting on US 40 for a nice fast descent to Launch.      

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Launch, Bear Creek, Hiwan, Soda Creek, US 40

September 25, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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Two Launch starts in a week!  What's with that?  This time we will go south through Red Rocks and then up Bear Creek all the way to Evergreen. Then we take the side roads north to Bergen Park to avoid the Evergreen Parkway traffic. Then we take Soda Creek north to US 40 and then head back east to the El Rancho area. Then we get on the bike path that goes through the buffalo stomping grounds, then through Mt.…

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October 2019

Launch, Blunn Reservoir, Red Rocks

October 6, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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PLEASE NOTE THE 10:00 AM START TIME.  Beginning in October we start our rides at 10AM. Starting at Launch again, we go north through some different side streets in Golden and do a clockwise loop around Blunn Reservoir. Then we head south through Golden and head to Morrison on Rooney Road. Then we go back to Launch through Red Rocks. A short cut would be to take Dinosaur Ridge and skip Morrison and Red Rocks. Some of the northbound route…

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Launch, C-470 trail, Chatfield – “Half Century”

October 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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From Launch we head out at 10:00 AM and go south to Morrison continuing on through Ken Caryl to Deer Creek then on to Wadsworth. We head south on Wadsworth to Waterton Rd. and then over to the gas station at Rampart Range Road where we take a break. Then we head home via Chatfield park, the C-470 trail to Morrison then up Rooney Rd and over Dinosaur Ridge and back to Launch. This is an abbreviated description but you…

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From Launch, the Lariat Loop ride

October 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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CANCELLED DUE TO VERY HIGH WINDS  !!  Lets try this on Wednesday, the 23rd...- - - -   From Launch we head to Golden, do Lookout Mtn, stop briefly at the Boettcher Nature Center for water and a bathroom break, then Mt. Vernon, I-70 bike path, Kerr Gulch, Bear Creek, Red Rocks and back to Launch.  This might be the last chance to get some PRs going up Lookout etc. so pedal like you mean it!. :o)  - -  Okay,…

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Lariat Loop ride (Sunday’s ride that was cancelled due to high wind)

October 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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Assuming the weather is still okay (it looks like it will be) we will meet at Launch and head directly to Golden, then we climb up Lookout Mtn., stopping briefly at the Nature Center. Then we go through Mt. Vernon CC to Genesee, we go through the buffalo area on the I-70 bike path to El Rancho, and up to the top of Kerr Gulch.  From there it is down on Kerr, and down along Bear Creek to near Morrison…

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Saturday Road Ride – Launch, Reverse Montane, Mt Vernon plus a Red Rocks, Dino Ridge leg

October 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR SUNDAY THE 27TH LOOKS PRETTY BAD FOR RIDING.  -  The Sunday road ride is therefore cancelled.  - - -  However, - - - -   BY POPULAR DEMAND, we are setting up a ride for Saturday, October 26th since the day looks so nice. This will start out from Launch and head up US 40, then we do Montane clockwise and head west up to the Genesee overpass. Then we head back east via Mt. Vernon,…

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November 2019

Going Rogue ! The season is over (officially) but let’s ride anyway. – Launch to the south . . . .

November 3, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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REMEMBER, DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT. IF YOU DON'T TURN YOUR CLOCK BACK AN HOUR YOU WILL BE WAITING AN HOUR FOR THE REST OF US TO SHOW UP.  It looks like the temps are going to be in the high 40's then 50's so let's meet at Launch and head south. Unless we have a huge crowd we plan to go through Willow Springs and do the 'high out and back' off of Grizzly then return via C-470 bike…

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Lariat Loop from Launch . . . A TUESDAY RIDE

November 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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Hey folks.  Sunday was so good Michael wants to lead another ride from Launch on Tuesday. This will be the standard Lariat Loop. We head directly to Golden, then up Lookout Mt., up to the Nature Center for a quick break. Then we continue up through Mt. Vernon, along I-70 on the bike path to the El Rancho area then up to the top of Kerr gulch.  We then enjoy a nice downhill on Kerr Gulch and Bear Creek before…

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Another ‘Blue Sky’ Saturday ride. Launch south to Deer Creek and back via neighborhood streets etc

November 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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Saturday November 9th looks like a nice day. We will head out of Launch, go north on Colfax to Rooney Rd. then south more or less directly to Kipling along the C-470 trail. Then we go south-ish and get on Deer Creek Rd. Then we go west to Cougar and we do the Grizzly/Cougar loop in reverse. This might be a first for TE, but don't freak out. Then we go up Valley Rd. to Ken Caryl area and take…

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Launch start and heading south again

November 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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Just a reminder, the 'official' Team Evergreen rides are done for the year.  The rides in November through mid-March are unsanctioned 'meet-up' rides, but we can use the Team's website for getting the word out. - - - So, we will meet at Launch at 10:00 AM and the general idea is to ride south. We did one like this a month ago.   The ride as shown is 63 miles long. I know some people (the author included) may…

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Foothills area plus a climb or two. A meetup ride for anyone interested.

November 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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Okay, here's the plan. Leaving from Launch we go into Golden, counterclockwise around N. Table Mtn., south on Pine Ridge, then through Golden's west side and up the bike path to the bottom of Lookout Mtn. That gives us a nice warm up before the climb. We then do the standard LO Mtn, Nature Center, Mt Vernon route up to Genesee. If the road permits we do the up and back to the end of pavement on Genesee Mtn. Then…

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Launch, then Bear, Turkey, and Deer Creeks coming back via the Fort and Dinosaur Ridge

November 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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Another nice day is looming. Good for another 'unofficial' meetup ride. Gerry Newton put the following ride together and will lead it. Leaving from Launch we head south through Red Rocks, then up Bear Cr. to Kittredge where we head up Parmalee Gulch over to S. Turkey Cr. Then over the small 'divide' and take Deer Creek down to Valley road. Then heading back north through KenCaryl and Willow Springs we shoot past the Fort , hit Morrison, go east…

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December 2019

Meetup ride for Lariat loop or whatever the group decides. Leaving from Launch.

December 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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The weather looks good and the roads should be fine so let's ride.  Leaving Launch at 10AM the posted route shows us going to Golden then up Lookout Mtn. and up through Mt. Vernon to Genesee. It also shows us going on the I-70 bike path to El Rancho and then down Kerr Gulch to Bear Creek and then down to Morrison and back to Launch through Red Rocks. We may not want to do the I-70 path (the condition…

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January 2020

New Years Day ride from Launch!

January 1 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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Happy New Year folks!  Let's meet at Launch and get rolling at 10:00 AM.  Then we can go south a bit and over Dinosaur Ridge and take Rooney Rd to the Golden area. Then around the east side of N. Table Mtn and counterclockwise around Blunn Res.  We get on Hwy 93 for a short stretch and head over to Pine Ridge and back to Golden and then back to Launch for a bit of "The hair of the dog…

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Launch, Rooney Rd, Golden, Blunn Res., Golden and back

January 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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Let's leave from our old familiar Launch Espresso site and head down to Dino Ridge, then Rooney Rd. to Golden, Pine Ridge to 56th, up Easley and clockwise around Blunn Reservoir. Hopefully the wind will NOT be an issue as it was last Wednesday!  Then we meander back to Launch via Easley, the Hwy 93 bike path and the Kinney run bike path.   - - OR - - Once around Blunn Reservoir just head back any way you want…

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Launch, LO Mtn, Mt Vernon, US 40, Red Rocks, Morrison and back

January 14 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Launch Espresso, 18455 W. Colfax
Golden, CO United States
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Another unofficial 'meetup' ride looks good.  Unless something 'happens' weather wise the road up LO Mtn should be good enough to ride on and hopefully the road through Mt Vernon will be also.  Then we head back down the hill to the Launch area but turn south and go through Red Rocks to Morrison and back via Rooney Rd. and Dino Ridge.     

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