I just did this race today, and it was by far the most brutally painful race I've ever entered. It was 53 miles with a combined Cat 3 & 4 pack, so things got interesting quickly. There were several crashes within the first 15 miles from people slamming into riders in front of them coming into a hill. Also saw a guy's face get run over at the beginning of lap 3, not sure how it happened. There was like 4500 ft of climbing, and this is FL! Sugarloaf is a 14 grade climb which is about the steepest FL has.
That being said, I wasn't ready for this type of climbing and I burned out on lap 4 of 5. The pack split up into three groups, and I was in the second and didn't place. I guess I know what I need to work on for next season.