Eureka! Finally found a replacement bike in the style I was looking for, though a bit smaller than I had hoped. The one from last year seemed a bit quicker, a bit smoother, and a whole lot more like a nervous racehorse. I always felt I was just perched on top, ready to fly in the ditch. With this one, I feel like an integral part of the process, having some control of the bike rather than just hanging on for dear life. It doesn't make a lot of sense, as this is a full racing geometry, but at least that is my initial perception based on the same route. So far so good, a 20 mile ride at a good clip with no leftover soreness or pain at all. Now to add miles and pick up some time so I can at least ride with the slower folks. I'm equipped for pictures from the road now.