You should def. do it. It's a great race - you get to ride the finest single track on the east coast.
My (ahem) quasi-sponsor is providing all the beer you can possibly drink if you're interested in the Rock Star award.
Dulles would be the best airport to fly into in terms of tix and ease. Jet Blue has a straight shot there (no layover!!) from Long Beach, SAC and Oakland for cheap if you're coming from Cali. It's just over a 2 hr drive.
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