The packet pick up was very well organized and easy. Lots of bike vendors. I did the 56 miles. The course pass the windmills this year (2012) was brutal!! There was a wind of 35 mph with gusts of 50 mph. I literally got blown off my bike during that stretch. Even the sand hitting your body hurt. I had to walk my bike or risk being blown off again. Once you passed the windmill, it was fine. The rest stops were cool with lots of food and bike support. The rest of the course was great with a very nice view. Post race was okay with a some food. Overall, a challenging bike ride for me especially with the winds this year. May not do it again.