I'm a newbie in terms of touring but am looking for a great bike I can use for an upcoming cross country trip this summer. I would ideally like a bike that can handle the wear and tear of a cross country trip but also a bike that I can hopefully use for low key races or triatholons afterwards. That being said, I plan to use a trailer rather than panniers so I don't think I'll need a pure touring bike. My price range is between $900-$1200. I am willing to go a little over but would like to keep it in that range if possible. My frontrunners right now are the Cannondale r500 and r700.(i've used their mountain bikes for years and was very happy with the results) Please give me any advice as to other bikes that would be great for my purposes. I've looked at the Trek520 but found it to be too much of a pure touring bike. Thanks in advance.