Not much to say. The race is pain epitomized. Did it last year, but not this year.
Watch out for people on the climb, and REALLY work to be at the front. People have problems getting up the hill, either because of fitness or bike malfunction. It's not uncommon to see people drop their chain and run the bike up the hill. I actually saw juniors who were pushed up the hill. The sounds that bikes make when people hit the wall is pretty amazing.
Shift into your little ring before the climb, and spin spin spin. I think my race whittled down to about 20 people by the end.
Also, unless they changed it this year, you are staged off course and then are allowed to roll to the starting line. This makes getting a good starting position tricker.