Best strategy for Mt. Tam?

I really enjoyed last month's discussion of gearing and possible race strategies before Patterson Pass RR

I was hoping to get a similar discussion going for Mt. Tam. What gearing do you plan to use? Do you race this like a time trial? Or a road race? Do you use a power meter to pace your effort? Pace other riders you know? Start the climb slow? Hard?

Last year I went out with the lead 45+ group and blew spectacularly, limping across the finish in my slowest time yet. Unfortunately, I don't think I can offer any helpful tips to get this thread started :oops:

Maybe next year I can offer something constructive...

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