@tassava 's Arrowhead 135 race report is up. Detailed, personal, and insightful, his writing never disappoints. If you want to learn what makes for a great race (or a great race report)... read it.
There was a year back in the day, where as Chris's Resident Assistant at Macalester, I like to think I offered him wisdom and encouragement. Ok, hardly. What did I know? But he has been returning the favor ever since in the biking sense. First with advice that got me prepped and through my first gravel century, and more recently as I've followed his many massive bike achievements.
His writing offers clues on prep, gear, and a general sense of what you find out there for yourself on a big race. That last thing is the essence of why we do this.