Don’t let the podcasts get you down! Not every amateur needs a brand new Venge, all the Enve aero goodies and a $1k trip to the wind tunnel to jump in the breakaway at a local crit. Hell, 99% of racers don’t need DEXA scans, blood testing, or half the high tech, high dollar, marginal gains stuff they talk about on the podcast. But, they are entertaining.
A CAAD12 isn’t a limiter in any crit or road race. Stack is pretty low, even in relation to most aero bikes assuming you’ve replaced or removed that giant abomination of a headset top bearing cap… That 1cm right there. And you better have narrow bars;)