Here’s the same link without all that tracking link spyware BS. https://www.velonews.com/2019/01/news/cadel-evans-great-ocean-road-race-finds-its-groove_483088
Let me put in my plug here for track cycling. There’s an inclusive community. The gear is cheaper and easier to maintain. In NYC we’ve got a great youth development program (http://www.startrackcycling.org/). The racing is safer. Races are short enough that getting dropped only means a few extra laps of soloing.
I wish there were more track facilities in the States. Something I’d love to get into.
I love my road bike, but I’m more than satisfied chasing Strava KOMs. It’s fun to watch the weather and trail conditions like a hawk and then plan out rides to smash segments based on the current conditions. Definitely a fair bit of strategy in it.
If I’m going to race, I prefer to do cyclocross over criteriums/road races.
That being said, I love watching the Intelligentsia Cup & Tour of Americas Dairyland races each year.