Ok, it all started commuting. I was trying to figure out a better way to get to work where I wouldn't have to deal with rear view mirrors in my ears. so I spent some time on Google maps. I found a bike path that was near my house that dumped on to a quiet neighborhood road. The problem is the road ended before it could connect me with another bike path. Then I switched to satellite view and notice it didn't end, it just wasn't paved. So I decided to check it out. Here's the area I'm talking about btw: http://goo.gl/maps/4CeF. It ended up being very rough single track type stuff. I said wth and road it anyway. A few minutes later I realize I'm grinning ear to ear bouncing along. Also realized though that 23mm road tires probably weren't ideal, and using my low spoke count racing wheels probably wasn't good either.
So I checked out the bike shop that sponsors our team, and they had a Tiagra equipped CruX in my size for $999. With my discount it was a bit over $900 + tax. Deal! Put a deposit on it - am picking it up Wed. and going to have a fitting done as well. Btw - do you do a fitting for cross the same as road? Just curious. Also, the thing is a little heavy. Do people weight weening cross bikes like they do road? I'm sure the components have to be a bit stouter than what you use riding road. I do think I'll try racing some as well as using it for commuting.