Yeah, I looked at that crossing in TCR4 too when planning, but decided to not use it for the same reason. Some of the people that tried to use it didn't get through though and lost time rerouting.
There was some grouping in NCT too, and asking for advice on bike shops to use. And something in NC4000 too. One racer from the latter found me along the route of NCT close to where he lives, really nice guy, but insisted I'd come to eat and sleep at his home. Not right, I think.
All kinds of things going on, but it's good to talk about the spirit openly, might make it more established.