I drove 13 hours to do the race. It was the toughest race that I ever did. Not really a cross race but more of an adventure race. Just check out this run-up (not much running on this hill)
I was planning on finishing the race in about 5-1/2 hours but due to severe leg cramps and a much more difficult course this year, I struggled but eventually finished in 7:26. I have never done so much climbing before in my life, 6500' + of elevation gain. The first run-up had 500' elevation gain in just 3/4 of a mile. The course did have a lot nice singletrack, the paved sections seemed to only go into the wind (20 mph), 5 miles of none stop climbing on the road - which led to a screaming fireroad descent. The last 12 miles were probably the best, mostly singletrack another long run-up, then all downhill to the finish.
It was definitely more than I bargined for, but will probably go next year.