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Williams College: Voted worst kit in the conference---over at least 3 different designs!---for so many years in a row, it can't ''not'' be intentional... This is their "good" design---the previous one was banned for causing retinal bleeding! (:by Chatura Atapattu:)
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Williams College: Voted worst kit in the conference---over at least 3 different designs!---for so many years in a row, it can't ''not'' be intentional... This is their "good" design---the previous one was banned for causing retinal bleeding! (:by Chatura Atapattu:)
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* It is perfectly acceptable for teams to ride in blank clothing that your riders can pick up from any shop. Just be sure to coordinate colors and major graphic elements. Non-school printed clothing with shop or pro team logos, etc., are not permitted.
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* It is perfectly acceptable for teams to ride in blank cycling clothing that your riders can pick up from any shop. Just be sure to coordinate colors and major graphic elements. Non-school printed clothing with shop or pro team logos, etc., are not permitted.
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The ECCC is generously sponsored by [[http://www.hincapie.com/ | Hincapie Sportswear]], which provides the conference's amazing [[Sponsors.Sponsors | leaders' jerseys]]. [[http://www.hincapie.com/ | Hincapie]] produces extremely high quality clothing and is eager to work with ECCC clubs to develop and manufacture custom team designs. Their services are strongly recommended to get your team outfitted in its own unique style.
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The ECCC is generously sponsored by [[http://www.hincapie.com/ | Hincapie Sportswear]], which provides the conference's amazing [[Sponsors.Sponsors | leaders' jerseys]]. [[http://www.hincapie.com/ | Hincapie]] produces very high quality clothing and is eager to work with ECCC clubs to develop and manufacture custom team designs. Their services are strongly recommended to get your team outfitted in its own unique style.
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The ECCC is generously sponsored by [[http://www.hincapie.com/ | Hincapie Sportswear]], which provides the conference's amazing [[Sponsors.Sponsors | leaders' jerseys]]. [[http://www.hincapie.com/ | Hincapie]] produces extremely high quality clothing and is eager to work with ECCC clubs to develop and manufacture their own designs. Their services are strongly recommended to get your team outfitted in its own unique style.
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The ECCC is generously sponsored by [[http://www.hincapie.com/ | Hincapie Sportswear]], which provides the conference's amazing [[Sponsors.Sponsors | leaders' jerseys]]. [[http://www.hincapie.com/ | Hincapie]] produces extremely high quality clothing and is eager to work with ECCC clubs to develop and manufacture custom team designs. Their services are strongly recommended to get your team outfitted in its own unique style.
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* Most manufacturers require a 50% payment before beginning the printing process. If your team budget can cover this then the club might pay up front. However, it's generally a good idea to collect full payments from all your riders before beginning the process. Similarly, make sure none of the officers are left footing any part of the bill and forced to chase down people for payment or hold onto a bunch of unclaimed orders.
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* Most manufacturers require a 50% payment before beginning the printing process. If your team budget can cover this then the club might pay up front. However, it's generally a good idea to collect full payments from all your riders before beginning the process. Similarly, make sure none of the club officers are left footing any part of the bill and forced to chase down people for payment or holding onto a bunch of unclaimed orders.
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If you don't get your act together in time to order custom clothing and are a new team and/or don't have a pool of alumni and current riders to borrow kits from, there are two options:
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If you don't get your act together in time to order custom clothing and are a new team and/or don't have a pool of alumni and current riders to borrow kits from, there are two basic options:
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Beyond that, if worst really comes to worse, you would not be the first club to show up in t-shirts or athletic wear for other sports bought at the campus bookstore!
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The ECCC is generously sponsored by [[http://www.hincapie.com/ | Hincapie Sportswear]], which provides the conference's amazing [[Sponsors.Sponsors | leaders' jerseys]]. [[http://www.hincapie.com/ | Hincapie]] produces super high quality clothing and is eager to work with ECCC clubs to develop and manufacture their own designs. Their services are strongly recommended to get your team outfitted in its own unique style.
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The ECCC is generously sponsored by [[http://www.hincapie.com/ | Hincapie Sportswear]], which provides the conference's amazing [[Sponsors.Sponsors | leaders' jerseys]]. [[http://www.hincapie.com/ | Hincapie]] produces extremely high quality clothing and is eager to work with ECCC clubs to develop and manufacture their own designs. Their services are strongly recommended to get your team outfitted in its own unique style.
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The ECCC is generously sponsored by [[http://www.hincapie.com/ | Hincapie Sportswear]], which provides the conference's amazing [[Sponsors.Sponsors | leaders' jerseys]]. [[http://www.hincapie.com/ | Hincapie]] is eager to work with ECCC clubs to develop and manufacture their own team clothing, and their services are strongly recommended to get your own custom team clothing printed.
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The ECCC is generously sponsored by [[http://www.hincapie.com/ | Hincapie Sportswear]], which provides the conference's amazing [[Sponsors.Sponsors | leaders' jerseys]]. [[http://www.hincapie.com/ | Hincapie]] produces super high quality clothing and is eager to work with ECCC clubs to develop and manufacture their own designs. Their services are strongly recommended to get your team outfitted in its own unique style.
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Technically the [[ECCC.Contact | conference director]] has to approve your design. In practice they almost invariably don't want to hear about it unless you have many or prominent sponsor logos, or are hoping to change the design but keep it compatible with previous outfits. Look around the photos on this site and other online photo albums for examples of what's generally accepted and a good idea. If you have doubts, don't hesitate to [[ECCC.Contact | get in touch]].
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Technically the [[ECCC.Contact | conference director]] has to approve your design. In practice they almost invariably don't want to hear about it unless you have many or prominent sponsor logos, or are hoping to significantly change the design but keep it compatible with previous outfits. Look around the photos on this site and other online photo albums for examples of what's generally accepted and a good idea. If you have doubts, don't hesitate to [[ECCC.Contact | get in touch]].
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%rfloat%[[ECCC.Logos | http://localhost/eccc/art/logos/eccc-logo-184px.png"The Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference"]]
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%rfloat%[[ECCC.Logos | http://collegiatecycling.org/eccc/art/logos/eccc-logo-184px.png"The Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference"]]
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The ECCC is sponsored by [[http://www.hincapie.com/ | Hincapie Sportswear]], which provides the conference's amazing [[Sponsors.Sponsors | leaders' jerseys]]. Hincapie is eager to work with ECCC clubs to develop and manufacture their own team clothing, and we strongly recommend their services.

Alternatively, if shopping around for other manufacturers, it can be very worthwhile to [[ECCC.MailingList | ask other teams]] for their experiences and opinions.

Either way
, the three most critical parts of the ordering process are:
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The ECCC is generously sponsored by [[http://www.hincapie.com/ | Hincapie Sportswear]], which provides the conference's amazing [[Sponsors.Sponsors | leaders' jerseys]]. [[http://www.hincapie.com/ | Hincapie]] is eager to work with ECCC clubs to develop and manufacture their own team clothing, and their services are strongly recommended to get your own custom team clothing printed.

Regardless of manufacturer,
the three most critical parts of the ordering process are:
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%rfloat%[[ECCC.Logos | http://localhost/eccc/art/logos/eccc-logo-184px.png"The Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference"]]
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Teams are not required but are encouraged to include the [[ECCC.Logos | ECCC logo]] in their designs. Vector artwork for the conference logo and regional map is available on the [[ECCC.Logos | logo page]].
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Teams are encouraged but not required to include the [[ECCC.Logos | ECCC logo]] in their designs. Vector artwork for the conference logo and regional map is available on the [[ECCC.Logos | logo page]].
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Also note that some institutions require that clubs get approval before printing clothing, so check with your club sports administration before beginning the process.
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Also note that some institutions require that clubs get approval before printing clothing, so check with your club sports administration's requirements before beginning the process.
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* Depending on the manufacturing process used, designs may be limited to a small number of solid colors, often with a per-color fee, or may be unlimited and full color. Talk to your sales representative for details before investing a lot of effort on a final design.
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* Depending on the manufacturing process used, designs may be limited to a small number of solid colors, often with a per-color fee, or unlimited and full color. Talk to your sales representative for details before investing a lot of effort on a final design.
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* Teammates within a field must wear identifiably similar kits. This generally means if you completely redesign your outfit, everybody will have to buy new clothes.
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* Teammates within a race must wear identifiably similar kits. Some change is usually workable, but if you completely redesign your outfit, everybody will have to buy new clothes.
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Technically the [[ECCC.Contact | conference director]] has to approve your design. In practice they almost invariably don't want to hear about it unless you have many or prominent sponsor logos, or are hoping to change the design but keep it compatible with previous outfits. Look around the photos on this site and other online photo albums for examples of what's generally accepted and a good idea.
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Technically the [[ECCC.Contact | conference director]] has to approve your design. In practice they almost invariably don't want to hear about it unless you have many or prominent sponsor logos, or are hoping to change the design but keep it compatible with previous outfits. Look around the photos on this site and other online photo albums for examples of what's generally accepted and a good idea. If you have doubts, don't hesitate to [[ECCC.Contact | get in touch]].
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To get a truly custom design, however, usually takes a little bit of graphic design skills. All companies provide templates of their fabric patterns which you can edit and draw on to develop a genuinely unique style---for better or worse. Typical vector art software packages used, such as Adobe Illustrator, are generally fairly expensive but often available on campus computers. Another option is [[http://inkscape.org/ | Inkscape]], an open source graphics design tool.
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To get a truly custom design, however, usually takes a little bit of graphic design skills. All companies provide templates of their fabric patterns which you can edit and draw on to develop a genuinely unique style---for better or worse. Typical vector art software packages used, such as Adobe Illustrator, are generally fairly expensive but often available on campus computers. Another possible option is [[http://inkscape.org/ | Inkscape]], a free, open source graphics design tool. Note that all these tools have fairly substantial learning curves, so don't expect to just dive in and produce masterpieces on a time crunch.
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Either way, three primary points to keep in mind are:
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Regardless, three primary points to keep in mind are:
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Essentially all custom clothing companies will help you with design work, usually for a fee but increasingly as a free service to get you to contract with them. Either way, they'll generally work with anything from a napkin sketch to a complete and finalized design. If no one on your team is comfortable with graphic design, talk to your sales representative about having the manufacturer do it. Usually they can whip up something pretty good based around logos and rough ideas you send them.
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Essentially all custom clothing companies will help you design a team kit, usually for a fee but increasingly as a free service to get you to contract with them. Either way, they'll generally work with anything from a napkin sketch to a complete and finalized design. If no one on your team is comfortable with graphic design, talk to your sales representative about having the manufacturer do it. Usually they can whip up something pretty good based around logos and rough ideas you send them.
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>>cframe width=500px text-align:center<<%width=500px%[[Attach:drexel-hincapie-pattern.png | Attach:drexel-hincapie-pattern.png"Aw yeah, that's a Joe Kopena special right there!"\\
The Drexel University jersey laid out in the Hincapie Sportswear pattern template.
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>>cframe width=500px text-align=center<<%width=500px%[[Attach:drexel-hincapie-pattern.png | Attach:drexel-hincapie-pattern.png"Aw yeah, that's a Joe Kopena special right there!"]]\\
The Drexel University jersey laid out in the [[http://www.hincapie.com | Hincapie Sportswear]] pattern template.
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To get a truly custom design, however, usually takes a little bit of graphic design skills. All companies provide templates of their fabric patterns which you can edit and draw on to develop a genuinely unique style---for better or worse. Typical software packages used, such as Adobe Illustrator, are generally fairly expensive but often available on campus computers. Another option is [[http://inkscape.org/ | Inkscape]], an open source graphics design tool.
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To get a truly custom design, however, usually takes a little bit of graphic design skills. All companies provide templates of their fabric patterns which you can edit and draw on to develop a genuinely unique style---for better or worse. Typical vector art software packages used, such as Adobe Illustrator, are generally fairly expensive but often available on campus computers. Another option is [[http://inkscape.org/ | Inkscape]], an open source graphics design tool.

>>cframe width=500px text-align:center<<%width=500px%[[Attach:drexel-hincapie-pattern.png | Attach:drexel-hincapie-pattern.png"Aw yeah, that's a Joe Kopena special right there!"\\
The Drexel University jersey laid out in the Hincapie Sportswear pattern template.
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!!! ECCC Logos

Teams are not required but are encouraged to include the [[ECCC.Logos | ECCC logo]] in their designs. Vector artwork for the conference logo and regional map is available on the [[ECCC.Logos | logo page]].
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Having custom team kits is one of the key ways to establish a club identity to build a community around. Plus, you'll look fast.
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Having custom team kits is one of the key ways to establish a club identity to build a community around. Plus, you'll look ''awesome.''
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Attach:hincapie-sports-logo.jpg"Hincapie Sports"
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!! Design

Essentially all custom clothing companies will help you with design work, usually for a fee but increasingly as a free service to get you to contract with them. Either way, they'll generally work with anything from a napkin sketch to a complete and finalized design. If no one on your team is comfortable with graphic design, talk to your sales representative about having the manufacturer do it. Usually they can whip up something pretty good based around logos and rough ideas you send them.

To get a truly custom design, however, usually takes a little bit of graphic design skills. All companies provide templates of their fabric patterns which you can edit and draw on to develop a genuinely unique style---for better or worse. Typical software packages used, such as Adobe Illustrator, are generally fairly expensive but often available on campus computers. Another option is [[http://inkscape.org/ | Inkscape]], an open source graphics design tool.

Either way, three primary points to keep in mind are:

* Your school must be the most prominent entity on your kit. Sponsor logos are perfectly fine, but cannot overwhelm or overshadow the school logo(s).

* Teammates within a field must wear identifiably similar kits. This generally means if you completely redesign your outfit, everybody will have to buy new clothes.

* Depending on the manufacturing process used, designs may be limited to a small number of solid colors, often with a per-color fee, or may be unlimited and full color. Talk to your sales representative for details before investing a lot of effort on a final design.

Technically the [[ECCC.Contact | conference director]] has to approve your design. In practice they almost invariably don't want to hear about it unless you have many or prominent sponsor logos, or are hoping to change the design but keep it compatible with previous outfits. Look around the photos on this site and other online photo albums for examples of what's generally accepted and a good idea.

In general it's probably best for teams to try and maintain the same basic outfit for a few years running. Otherwise current racers won't be able to use their stockpile of previous clothes, and alumni will be slightly more alienated from the team.

Also note that some institutions require that clubs get approval before printing clothing, so check with your club sports administration before beginning the process.
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!! Ordering and Printing

%rfloat%[[http://www.hincapie.com/ | Attach:hincapie-sports-logo.jpg"Hincapie Sports"]]
The ECCC is sponsored by [[http://www.hincapie.com/ | Hincapie Sportswear]], which provides the conference's amazing [[Sponsors.Sponsors | leaders' jerseys]]. Hincapie is eager to work with ECCC clubs to develop and manufacture their own team clothing, and we strongly recommend their services.

Alternatively, if shopping around for other manufacturers, it can be very worthwhile to [[ECCC.MailingList | ask other teams]] for their experiences and opinions.

Either way, the three most critical parts of the ordering process are:

* ''Do not underestimate the time it will take!'' You should conservatively budget a few weeks to get the artwork and order squared away, and as much as twelve weeks for the order to actually be printed and shipped to you. That means if you're placing an order for the spring road season, you should aim to have it in by November.

* Most manufacturers have minimum order thresholds. The quantity and structure of these varies widely, e.g., per piece or total dollar amount, so talk to your sales representative for details. A common strategy to help meet minimums is to branch out and spread the order beyond the team. There are often many alumni and faculty and staff who don't have a strong relationship with the team that would be very happy to order a school kit.

* Most manufacturers require a 50% payment before beginning the printing process. If your team budget can cover this then the club might pay up front. However, it's generally a good idea to collect full payments from all your riders before beginning the process. Similarly, make sure none of the officers are left footing any part of the bill and forced to chase down people for payment or hold onto a bunch of unclaimed orders.

Finally, if the team budget and school rules permit, it's a very good idea to have the team purchase a small stock of extra kits. This way new club members can buy one from the team right away rather than waiting for the next order.

!! Worst Case

If you don't get your act together in time to order custom clothing and are a new team and/or don't have a pool of alumni and current riders to borrow kits from, there are two options:

* Some manufacturers offer expedited semi-custom printing. You select a basic design from a gallery of their designs and provide a logo to print onto them. These often look nearly as good as full custom efforts, and can be printed in very short order. You might also be able to find a local silkscreener to do something similar on a blank commercial design.

* It is perfectly acceptable for teams to ride in blank clothing that your riders can pick up from any shop. Just be sure to coordinate colors and major graphic elements. Non-school printed clothing with shop or pro team logos, etc., are not permitted.
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Having custom team kits is one of the key ways to establish a club identity to build a community around. Plus, you'll look fast.

Attach:hincapie-sports-logo.jpg"Hincapie Sports"
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Williams College: Voted worst kit in the conference---over at least 3 different designs!---for so many years in a row, it can't ''not'' be intentional... This is their "good" design! The previous one had to be banned for causing retinal bleeding! (:by Chatura Atapattu:)
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Williams College: Voted worst kit in the conference---over at least 3 different designs!---for so many years in a row, it can't ''not'' be intentional... This is their "good" design---the previous one was banned for causing retinal bleeding! (:by Chatura Atapattu:)
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Williams College: Voted worst kit in the conference---over at least 3 different designs!---for so many years in a row, it can't ''not'' be intentional... This is their "good" design! (:by Chatura Atapattu:)
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Williams College: Voted worst kit in the conference---over at least 3 different designs!---for so many years in a row, it can't ''not'' be intentional... This is their "good" design! The previous one had to be banned for causing retinal bleeding! (:by Chatura Atapattu:)
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Williams College: Voted worst kit in the conference---over at least 3 different designs!---for so many years in a row, it can't ''not'' be intentional... This is their "good" design!(:by Chatura Atapattu:)
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Williams College: Voted worst kit in the conference---over at least 3 different designs!---for so many years in a row, it can't ''not'' be intentional... This is their "good" design! (:by Chatura Atapattu:)
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Williams College: Voted worst kit in the conference---over at least 3 different designs!---for so many years in a row, it can't ''not'' be intentional... (:by Chatura Atapattu:)
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Williams College: Voted worst kit in the conference---over at least 3 different designs!---for so many years in a row, it can't ''not'' be intentional... This is their "good" design!(:by Chatura Atapattu:)
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Williams College: Voted worst kit in the conference---over at least 3 different designs!---for so many years in a row it can't ''not'' be intentional...
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Williams College: Voted worst kit in the conference---over at least 3 different designs!---for so many years in a row, it can't ''not'' be intentional... (:by Chatura Atapattu:)
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! Team Clothing

Finally, whatever you do, DO NOT consult the Williams College team for design advice.

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Williams College: Voted worst kit in the conference---over at least 3 different designs!---for so many years in a row it can't ''not'' be intentional...
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