1) The KOM lives. The first half of the race will be very similar to in years past (but not the same as previous editions).
2) We will still be going through Z-Falls. Hopefully the road out of town is able to be cleaned up a bit by the spring, but regardless the town was devastated by the fall rains. Driving through was a bit surreal, biking through could be the same.
3) There is no way for us to ever actually drive the whole course. Regardless of mode of transport (unless it is on two wheels).
4) I think that we have about the same amount of pavement as usual (not THAT much considering) with about twice or 3 times the minimum maintenance road mileage.