I rode the course yesterday and one word describes the condition of the course and that is LOOSE. I think there are two factors for the condition of the course. One it has been super dry and two it looks like the road has recently been grated. The "hill" is in good shape but again about half way up it is very loose and is difficult to ride out of the saddle without spinning out. The flat dirt section that heads north toward Marshal rode is also loose. Hopefully the wet weather that is forecasted for the next few days settles all the dirt.
I ended up doing four laps of the course and during those four laps I saw the remnence of a bad accident and at least 4 flat tires. The race is gonna be epic.