In 2000 I rode 1:22:something; in 2001 1:20:04. The 2001 time remains a thorn in my side, as I felt pretty rotten the whole time and didn't really ride to my potential. Guys I'd been training with (and hanging with) beat me pretty soundly. I also missed the "Top Notch"(sub-1:20) designation by 5 seconds, which added to the disappointment.
When last I rode, it was $100. Since then, it's gone up to $300, and the field of 600 riders fills in a few hours typically. In order to really do it justice, you need to get up there a day or two early, so a few nights lodging are needed, plus meals, gas, etc. It can get pretty expensive, pretty quickly.
I do have to say that can be a transcendent experience to do this event. You can go to some pretty deep places during that climb.
In 2000 I did this and 24 Hours of Allamuchy on successive weekends. What a way to end the summer.:drooling: