I'm getting a Bianchi Axis soon that I'm primarily going to use as cross-training tool for running. I will do mostly mid-distance (45-120 min.) rides as well as some commuting. I'll possibly ride a tour or two (RAGBRAI in Iowa, relaxed pace, 50-100 mile days) this summer too. My bike shop friend assures me I have the foundation to be an excellent cyclocross rider (four years NCAA cross-country/track) so I will be giving that a try too.
Anyways, I'm looking for a pedal / shoe combo that I would be able to use for my road/gravel training rides but also would get the job done in a cyclocross race (as a competitive newbie). I'm looking to spend as much as $175-200 for both combined. Any input, as always, is appreciated greatly.
P.S. Any competitive distance runners using a CC bike for the same purposes I plan to?