I didn't get much response to this question from folks on the road cycling forum. Thought I'd try this forum for more feedback:
I own an IF cyclo cross bike that I use on and off road. I'm looking for a second bike that I would ride more on road and am naturally looking at road bikes. But I wonder if a second cyclo cross bike might not be a bad investment. I could use it for on road work but have an alternative second bike for tougher terrain.
So here's the question:
In comparing the design of a road bike to a cyclo cross bike is there any design advantage to the former if the intent of use is long distance cycling? By long distance cycling, I'm thinking of centuries and beyond where I can compete against myself for the best time.