I am just beginning my re-entry to cycling (after about a 20 year layoff -----am I really THAT old??? ) and have recently purchased a Mercier Orion AL for the road. I know it's not the original Mercier brand, but it looks like a good bike at a good price. Carbon forks for less than $500.
Anyway, I hope to get my legs back in shape soon enough to start participating in some of the local cycling events. Got a two day, 150 mile trek coming up in July that I would love to try.