Welcome to the forums. A good, reputable bike shop will be able to get you fitted for the right bike. You can easily get a carbon bike with nice components at that price. When getting fit, make sure to tell the fitter (assuming he's a good one, that is!) what type of riding you will be doing. Distance riding vs. racing will give you two very different set ups and sizes. Everyone wants to go fast, and many fitters just set you up for fast, but not comfort. He should ask a lot of questions to determine the set up. If not, find another fitter/bike shop.