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Sea Otter Classic

Sea Otter Classic

Venue - Laguna Seca Recreation Area
1025 Monterey Salinas Hwy, Salinas, CA 93908, USA

Start Date
Start Time
9:00 AM
End Date
End Time
5:00 PM

Sea Otter Classic Bike Festival

*October 7-10, 2021


Known as a sprawling and energetic “celebration of cycling,” Sea Otter is cycling’s North American season opener. Professional and amateur athletes alike make the annual pilgrimage to Sea Otter to participate in some of the sport’s most competitive and enduring events. Hundreds of pro cyclists, including national, world, and Olympic champions, attend Sea Otter to race and meet with fans.

LOCATION: Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey, California

The mission of the Sea Otter Classic is to make people’s lives better through participation in sport and recreation, and through celebration of an active outdoor lifestyle.

EVENT OVERVIEW: This four-day, action-packed cycling festival features a full schedule of amateur and professional events, as well as other activities for family members of all ages. The Sea Otter Classic also plays host to the world’s largest consumer bike exposition.

ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS: Racers make the annual pilgrimage to Sea Otter to participate in cycling’s best competitive and non-competitive events. Mountain bike races include an epic cross-country, dual slalom, downhill, and more. Road cyclists enjoy road racing and circuit racing on the world-famous Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway. And for those who want to bike in less-competitive fashion, Sea Otter offers two Gran Fondo routes, as well as a Mountain Bike Tour and a Gravel Grinder Tour on the surrounding fire roads and trails of the Fort Ord National Monument.

The Sea Otter Village, the hub of the event, pulses with free bike demos, stunt shows, and live entertainment, plus special activities for kids 12 and under. Other Village hotspots are an international food court, a beer and BBQ garden, and the Sea Otter exposition area. The Expo features hundreds of vendors who display new products, give out free samples, and offer terrific bargains. In the Sea Otter Village, hundreds of professional road and mountain bike athletes are present to share their racing techniques with fans and to sign autographs.

FOR CHILDREN: Sea Otter Egg Hunt, Kids’ Carnival, Kids’ Bicycle Races, and Kids’ Zone

FOR RECREATIONAL BIKERS: Two scenic Gran Fondos, a mountain bike tour, and a gravel grinder tour

FOR AMATEUR RACERS: Nearly 200 classes of road and mountain bike racing for all ages and skill levels

FOR PRO/ELITE CYCLISTS: Pro/Elite Endurance Mountain Bike Races (Cross-Country) and Pro/Elite Gravity Mountain Bike Races (Downhill and Dual Slalom)

Festival Pass Options

Festival Pass prices are as follows:

  • Children age 12 and under, free all week.
  • Registered athletes (both competitive racers and recreational riders), free all week.
  • All others, age 13 and up: On-line pricing is $15 ($20 On-Site) for a One-Day Festival Pass and $50 for a Four-Day Festival Pass (On-line purchase only)

On-site Festival Pass sales are located at:

Click to Purchase Your Passes        Click for Festival Map

Veterans recovering from service-related injuries, retired veterans, active duty personnel, and their families are eligible for complimentary or discounted festival passes. Click for more information

Complimentary Bike Valet

Bike valet service/bike corral is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. At those times, you may drop off your bike and walk away with a claim check, knowing your bike is under the watchful eyes of the bike valet attendants. The bike valet parking is located in the Paddock Parking area right next to the Expo entrance. Look for “Expo Entrance” and “Bike Valet” on the Festival Map

Click for Festival Map

Shuttle Service

Free shuttle service is available for all Sea Otter attendees. Shuttle stops are located just below Wolf Hill Parking and at the festival entrance to Turn 5. Shuttles are ADA accessible and run from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thursday – Sunday.

Local Bus Service (MST)

Throughout Monterey County, you may load your bike onto the rack of any large or small Monterey-Salinas Transit System (MST) bus with this exception: the only trolleys that can be counted on to have bike racks are those serving the California State University at Monterey Bay (CSUMB) campus.

The MST buses are happy to carry your bike—and there is no additional charge. Helpful pointers for cyclists who want to use the MST buses are provided in the “Bike-and-Ride” section of Tips for Bicycling Monterey County at BicyclingMonterey.com. On the MST site there are bike-loading instructions at the end of the Transit Tips section; see “How to Ride”–“Rider’s Guide”–“Transit Tips.”

For “day of” updates: Any service updates for MST buses are provided on Twitter. If you have a Twitter account, you may follow them @mst_bus. If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still check for the updates. Simply go to Twitter.com/MST_bus to view their Twitter stream, where any current updates will remain.

Limited MST Bus Service to Laguna Seca–Weekdays Only

On weekdays only, there is limited service to Laguna Seca via MST. On arrival, since the bus stop is on Highway 68, it is necessary to bike or walk (uphill) the distance remaining, to reach Sea Otter activities.

Line 21 schedule

Line 56 schedule

Parking & ADA Access

Special parking for Subaru owners! Drive to Sea Otter in your Subaru and get priority parking in the paddock area on a first-come, first-served basis. This provides you with easy access to the Expo area as a special Thank You for Subaru owners at Sea Otter.

A busload of friends? Buses are welcome at Sea Otter. They will be directed to the larger paddock parking area, where space will be made available for them.

All general parking is on Wolf Hill, which is clearly marked on the Festival Map. No camping is allowed at Wolf Hill General Parking.

Athletes’ tip: In a rush to race, or get started on your Gran Fondo ride? Park on Wolf Hill. From there, the parking attendants can quickly direct you to Athlete Registration, which is in the Red Bull Energy Center. Beyond that, plan ahead. Check out the Festival map before entering Laguna Seca, and allow thirty minutes to get off the highway, park your vehicle, and bike/walk to Athlete Registration.

Think riding with someone who’s headed to one of the restricted parking areas, instead of general parking at Wolf Hill, will get you to Athlete Registration faster? Nope. Wolf Hill is closer to Athlete Registration than, for example, Expo parking.

That’s why so many signs from Wolf Hill Parking point to places people need to go, many of which are located in the Red Bull Energy Center AKA Athlete Registration building. To get there, follow the signs along the clearly marked pedestrian pathway that heads down the hill.

ADA accessible parking is available on Wolf Hill, next to athlete registration, in the Paddock Parking lot, and at the festival entrance to Turn 5. Let the parking attendants know that you will need ADA accessible parking and they can assist you with finding a parking spot. ADA placard must be displayed to use this parking.

FOR MEDIA: Interviews with event organizers, local athletes, and world-class professionals can be set up through the Sea Otter press office.

ATHLETE REGISTRATION: www.seaotterclassic.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.seaotterclassic.com or 800-218-8411 / 831-373-2331.

EVENT BACKGROUND: “You guys should put on a mountain bike race.” That simple statement from a Monterey bike shop owner in 1990 was the genesis for the Laguna Seca Challenge, later renamed the Sea Otter Classic.

Co-founders Frank Yohannan and Lou Rudolph hosted the inaugural Laguna Seca Challenge on April 6 and 7, 1991. The event had a total of 350 athletes and 150 spectators. In 1993, the Laguna Seca Challenge was renamed the Sea Otter Classic. By 2016, the Sea Otter Classic had become a four-day celebration of cycling welcoming more than 9,600 athletes and 71,000 fans.

The event is now regarded as the bicycle world’s premier festival and one of the world’s largest. The little mountain bike race has grown up.

RESPONSIBLE ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: From the start, event organizers have been committed to good stewardship of the land that is home to the Sea Otter Classic. With every year, Sea Otter achieves more success in reducing the event’s ecological impact on our home—the Laguna Seca Recreation Area and the adjacent Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property, and other parts of our community.

Going for the Green: It can be easy to forget that such environmentally-conscious practices are not followed everywhere. For that reason, in our third decade we have partnered with Sierra Nevada to share Sea Otter’s “Responsible Environmental Stewardship” model more widely. We will use our leadership position to raise awareness of how simple it is for people everywhere to engage in basic environmental sustainability actions like recycling, carpooling and alternative transportation (including cycling), and other actions to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to global warming. Today’s environmental stakes are high, and Sea Otter is “going for the green” in a bigger, bolder way.

BOILERPLATE: About Sea Otter Classic, Inc. Regarded as the world’s largest cycling festival, this four-day “Celebration of Cycling” hosts nearly 10,000 professional and amateur athletes and 65,000 fans. The 28th Annual Subaru Sea Otter Classic takes place April 19-22, 2018 at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey, California. For more information, visit www.seaotterclassic.com or call (800) 218-8411.

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Kids' Track

Not your average playground, the Specialized Kids Zone allows kids twelve and under to try out their budding bike skills on obstacles appropriate for their age and riding level in a fully enclosed location, plus a separate area for pushbikes!

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Open to kids ages twelve and under.  If you little one has been riding for years and the Kids Ride Zone is a step below their riding ability, try out the Chain Reaction Cycles Skills Zone.
  • No entry fee required
  • Located at the Specialized Kids’ Play Area inside the Kids’ Ride Zone.
  • A parent or guardian must sign a liability waiver for their child at the entrance and before they can enter.
  • ANSI- or Snell-approved helmets must be worn by all participating children

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Sea Otter Egg Hunt

  • Skipper the Sea Otter hosts the Egg Hunt. Your little ones will love hunting for eggs around the lawn including the chance to find some eggs with prizes inside!
  • 10 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Open to kids ages 8 and under
  • Prizes presented
  • No charge
  • Located at the Specialized Kids Play Area inside the Kids’ Ride Zone

Click here to see schedule

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Kids’ Track Race

Every child is a winner in this age-appropriate competition. Kids maneuver through a course carefully designed to stretch skills and build confidence.

  • 11 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Open to kids ages 12 and under
  • No entry fee. No registration required. All racers will be required to wear a wristband that can be obtained at the entrance to the Ride Zone, after signing ride waiver. Waivers must be submitted by 11 a.m. of each day to be entered into the race.
  • All the finishers will receive a medal
  • All races divided by age category
  • Located at the Specialized Kids’ Track inside the Kids’ Ride Zone
  • ANSI- or Snell-approved helmets must be worn by all participating children

Click here to see the schedule

Kids’ Raceway Laguna Seca Race
Bring the kiddos for a rare chance to race on the famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  Great photo op to snap away as they are led out by the professional men’s Cross Country Field.

  • 12 p.m. on Friday and Saturday – starts on the raceway under the Sea Otter Bridge to turn 4 and back.
  • Open to kids ages 12 and under
  • Separate starts by age
  • Skipper will be present to cheer on the kids.
  • No entry fee. No registration required, but all racers will be required to wear a wristband that can be obtained after signing ride waiver. You may sign the waiver at the entrance to the Kids Ride Zone up until 10:30am or you can  also sign the waiver near the starting line of the race (on the raceway under the Sea Otter Bridge)….look for Skipper.  Waivers must be signed before the start of the race.

Click here to see the schedule

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Sea Otter Carnival

There are so many fun things for kids to do in Sea Otter Village—the hard part is trying to leave!

Bicycle manufacturers bring tricycles and kids bikes to try out (plus, adults can try one their own size). If you’ve been looking for a great first-time outfit for your young cyclist, you’ll be happy to see that a number of Expo exhibitors offer cycling apparel for children through pre-teens.

  • Ride on the Kids’ track in the Specializes Kids’ Zone,  open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
  • 12-under Kids’ track race on the  Laguna Seca Race Raceway – 12:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday see above for more information
  • Carnival Games, arts and crafts, grass area with covered seating.  Located at the Specialized Kids’ Play Area inside the Kids’ Ride Zone.  No charge.
  • Walk through the expo and many of the exhibitors will have fun activities for the kids, anything from scavenger hunts and coloring books, free giveaways and  food samplings,  to interactive digital games and stunt shows.   Check out our event schedule often, exhibitors are adding fun and exciting activities everyday.

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Little Bellas

This all-girls camp will be an adventure in mountain biking designed to get girls hooked on the sport and engaged in the Sea Otter festival. We will focus on improving skills and having fun. It is a great opportunity for girls looking to try out mountain biking as well as for those who are ready for the next level of challenge. Camp members will also have a full access pass to the Sea Otter venue with the ability to meet and learn from mountain biking’s biggest names. Each camp day will be unique, focusing on different skills and activities.

Program Details

  • Ages:8-13
  • Dates:4/20 | 4/21 | 4/22
  • Fees:$110 | $175 | $220 (Early Bird ONE DAY $95 | TWO DAYS $160 | THREE DAYS $205 until 2/15/18)
  • Time:Fri/Sat @ 9 am – 3 pm, Sun @ 9 am – 1 pm
  • Location:Laguna Seca Raceway 1021 Salinas Highway Monterey, CA 93940


Visit their website here

Program Description

It’s time for the Sea Otter Classic Bike Festival!  And what does it also mean it’s time for? Time for the Little Bellas Sea Otter Camp!!! Woo-Hoo!! It’s a great way to give the kids a little break from school and hang out with other rippers, riding the trails around Laguna Seca Raceway.  Time to soak up some sun, fun, and awesome cycling vibes at one of the biggest bike festivals in the country.

The Sea Otter Classic Little Bellas Camp is an all-girls one, two, or three day camp held during the Sea Otter Classic in beautiful Monterey, CA.  This camp is a great opportunity for girls looking to try out mountain biking as well as those who are ready for the next level of challenge. Each camp day will be unique, focusing on fun while teaching different skills through activities and games both on and off the bike.

Camp members will  have a full access pass to the Sea Otter venue with scheduled meet ups and Q & A’s with  some of women’s mountain biking’s biggest names. And of course, the annual Pro Women Rap Battle will go down at the Q & A! There is so much fun to be had, it’s hard to fit it all in! Come experience all this Little Bellas camp has to offer!

Scholarships are available so please communicate any financial help needed by thoroughly answering the questions about her or her equipment needs when registering.

  • What’s Included:Little Bellas custom Garneau jersey, snacks, and a goodie bag
  • What to Bring:• Lunch
    • Bike Helmet
    • Mountain Bike- In good working order
    • Water carrying device- Either a bottle to fit in a cage on the bike or a hydration pack.
    • Closed-toed shoes
    • Rain gear or extra layers if necessary
  • Schedule:9:00- 9:15am- Drop off at Little Bellas tent
    9:30- Introduction games- Wah
    9:45- Bike Safety check
and short ride
    10:15- Watch Women’s Short Track
    11:30- Lunch
    12:00- Lemonade Social with the Pros at Primal tent(Lea Davison and other pros)
    1:00- Dab with the pros
    1:30- Afternoon Ride
    2:00- Snack
    2:15- Game of the day
    2:45-3:00- Pick up at Little Bellas tent(Sample Schedule- Subject to change to include more fun!)

For more information email here


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Hollister Hills SVRA Booth

Hollister Hills SVRA is excited to return with our wildlife tabletop displays and R/C Jeeps. The always-popular R/C Jeeps allow individuals to try their luck at Rock Crawling, a popular Off-Highway activity. Using a 1/10 scale model of a Jeep Rubicon participants will maneuver over various obstacles as they follow a set course. The goal here is to drive slow allowing you to have more control over the vehicle as you traverse each obstacle.

The tabletop displays allow all who are interested to learn about various animals present at HHSVRA through pictures and tactile props. The popular “Birds of Prey” tabletop identifies what these birds are, common types found at HHSVRA, and what makes them different from other birds. The “Wildlife” tabletop highlights common mammals found at HHSVRA and allows those who are interested to touch various fur pelts and look at animal tracks and skulls.

Located in the Specialized Kids’ Play Area.  Open during Expo hours.

International Food Court

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Hungry? Chefs from more than a dozen different food vendors are ready for you. These select vendors know that being outdoors—especially being on a bike—works up a healthy appetite. They have healthy culinary options: salads, smoothies, vegetarian options, chicken, and more.

Sea Otter Classic is a festival, and the celebratory atmosphere brings out the desire for traditional fair food for many people. We’ve got that covered, too! The cooks at Sea Otter will be firing up the barbecue over at the Sierra Nevada Beer & BBQ Garden (see below). Here at the International Food Court they'll also be fixing burgers, pizza, burritos, and other yummy munchies.

Food is more nourishing in the company of others as mealtime is meant to be a social experience. At Sea Otter, we don't expect you to grab and go, or eat on the run. Kick back! Settle in and savor your food at the dining tables under the shelter of the big tent, where you and your friends can enjoy this time together in any weather. Missing some of the comforts of home? The Food Court has running water and indoor bathrooms.

When you've finished your meal, maybe you won't be done socializing . . . so order another glass of wine, a beer, or a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage. See what's up for dessert. Enjoy! That's what Sea Otter is about.

  • 1Big BiteBig Bite Monterey CA, United States Booth: F-15

    During the event we will be selling Philly Cheesesteaks along with Chicken Philly Sandwiches. We will also be selling Chicago Hot Dogs and Chicken Kabobs. We also specialize in Falafel Wraps and Gyros Sandwiches as well as Chicken Shawerma and Curly Fries. You can also expect French Fries and Fresh squeezed Lemonade, Soda, Water, Coffee, and Ice Coffee.

  • 2Bratwurst USABratwurst USA Carmel CA, United States Booth: F-18

    German,Swiss Bratwurst and Hotlinks in a Bun, Warm German Potato Salad /Giant Salted Bavarian Pretzels, Corn Dogs will be available at the event.

  • 3California Pizza KitchenCalifornia Pizza Kitchen Monterey CA, United States Booth: F-20,F-21We sell delicious pizza, salads, cookies and drinks during the event.

  • 4Cliff and Jan's Kettle CornCliff and Jan's Kettle Corn Grover Beach CA, United States Booth: 693

    Kettle Corn returns to the same location in the expo for the 12th year! You won't be able to resist the smell and taste of freshly popped Kettle Corn.

  • 5Cruising Cones Ice CreamCruising Cones Ice Cream Indio CA, United States Booth: F-17

    Creamy and delicious real soft serve ice cream in Vanilla, Chocolate and Swirl with a variety of toppings like old-fashioned chocolate dip and everyone's favorite rainbow sprinkles.

  • 7Hula Duke's Hawaiian Shave IceHula Duke's Hawaiian Shave Ice Salinas CA, United States Booth: F-24

    Hula Duke's Hawaiian Shave Ice brings the long-time tradition of the islands to the mainland combining finely shaved fluffy ice with our custom-blended fruit flavors and your choice of extras including a scoop of ice cream and our sweet whitecap topping to allow you to custom-create a tasty Hawaiian treat filled with the aloha spirit.

  • 8India GourmetIndia Gourmet Watsonville CA, United States Booth: F-28,F-9

    We offer authentic delicious vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and locally sourced food choices as well as chicken and lamb curries. We also offer on-site baked naan bread, samosa chai tea and mango lassi.

  • 9Maido Catering ServiceMaido Catering Service Salinas CA, United States Booth: F-10

    We serve fresh sushi, teriyaki rice bowls, and yakisoba pan-fried noodles.

  • 10Mr FalafelMr Falafel Marina CA, United States Booth: F-14

    We will be selling sandwiches (Falafel, lamb, gyro, beef, chicken, steak, and hot dogs) curly fries, baklava, juices, fruits, mango on a stick, chicken on a stick , and rice.

  • 11PROBARPROBAR Salt Lake City UT, United States Booth: 152

    PROBAR creates delicious, convenient, healthy, plant-based food products. We strive to become the leading provider of REAL FOOD choices, always maintaining our commitment to quality, sustainability and fantastic taste.

  • 12Remy's Catering / Cruisin' CafeRemy's Catering / Cruisin' Cafe Seaside CA, United States Booth: F-30,F-11

    We are a food and beverage vendor featuring BBQ Teriyaki Chicken & Pork Plates, Burgers, Tri Tip & Pulled Pork Sandwiches, and Salads. We also offer breakfast with Coffee, Chai, Cocoa, Smoothies, Soda and Water.

  • 13Skratch Labs & Biju's Little Curry ShopSkratch Labs & Biju's Little Curry Shop Boulder CO - Colorado, United States Booth: 652

    Skratch Labs is dedicated to helping people solve their nutrition problems by creating sports nutrition alternatives that hydration, fuel and rebuild. Come check out our hydration drink mix, energy chews, energy bars and recovery drink mixes.Biju?s Little Curry Shop focuses on bringing a new style of Indian cuisine to athletes. Hand chopped and freshly made every day, we combine true southern style ingredients and throw in a little spice to give it a kick. Add some protein or keep it vegan, it?s your call, but we?ll make sure your visit is full of flavor.

  • 14Sonoma TeriyakiSonoma Teriyaki Vacaville CA, United States Booth: F-22,F-23

    We offer deliciously cooked chicken kebabs and other Asian specialty foods.

  • 15Spice It Up CateringSpice It Up Catering Seaside CA, United States Booth: F-1 American Southwest Rotisserie Steak & Chicken will be available during the event.

  • 16Taste of Mexico ConcessionsTaste of Mexico Concessions Salinas CA, United States Booth: F-29,F-2

    The best Mexican Food on the Central Coast.

  • 17The JuiceryThe Juicery Fairfax CA, United States Booth: F-26,F-3

    We will be selling quality organic beverages during the Sea Otter Classic. Stop on by for a taste.

Demos, Demos, Demos

Why do so many thousands head to Sea Otter each year? One thing attendees most look forward to is the unparalleled opportunity to see and demo the latest bicycles and equipment. Whether you’re young or old, new to cycling, or an experienced cycling fanatic, you are sure to find obstacles and fun designed just for you throughout the Expo. Try them all over the four days and take home not only big smiles, but new skills to try out on trails at home.

There are four demo courses available at Sea Otter. Please review the details below regarding each course and plan accordingly. Here are the four areas that will be available depending on the type of bike your demo riding. Click on the map to download a copy.


eMTB Demo Zone

The eMTB demo course features compact dirt and a controlled route that allows riders to experience acceleration, small hill climbing and the ease of handling on all turns. This course is designed for intermediate to advanced riding levels. All participants are required to wear a helmet.

IMPORTANT – Only low speed electric bicycles (LSEB) designed for mountain bike riding will be allowed on this course.  The LSEB must clearly display an electric bike class label.  Electric bicycles or vehicles that do not meet California Class 1, 2, or 3 designations will not be allowed on the course. 

Road eBike Demo Track

The Road eBike Demo Couse is on a flat ground asphalt surface which features a short, controlled route that allows riders to experience acceleration and the ease of handling on the turnaround at the end of the track. This course is designed for beginner to advanced riding levels. All participants are required to wear a helmet.

IMPORTANT – Only low speed electric bicycles (LSEB) will be allowed on this course.  The LSEB must clearly display an electric bike class label.  Electric bicycles or vehicles that do not meet California Class 1, 2, or 3 designations will not be allowed on the course.  


Skills Ride Zone – Sponsored by Chain Reaction Cycles

The Skills Zone features compact dirt on a narrow track that offers a backcountry feel with small bumps and more advance obstacles. This course is designed for intermediate to advanced mountain bike riding levels. All participants are required to wear a helmet.  Electric bicycles are not allowed in the Skills Zone.


Kids’ Ride Zone – Sponsored by Specialized 

The Kids Ride Zone features compact dirt on a wide track that offers small bumps with easy turns and obstacles. The course is designed for beginners up to 12 years of age. All participants are required to wear a helmet. Only children’s bicycles are allowed on this course.  Electric bicycles are not allowed in the Skills Zone.

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