Los Altos, California - U.S. National Road and Criterium Champion Brooke Miller and Katharine Carroll of Team TIBCO will do one more race this weekend in preparation for the Redlands Classic: the three-day, four-stage Madera Stage race in and around Madera, CA.

To get a little extra work, the duo will race with the men's pro/1/2 field.

"Racing Madera with the men's pro/1/2 field will be great prep for Redlands," Carroll said. "Racing with the men is like doing several very hard motorpacing sessions. We should come out flying for Redlands."

The men's race also offers an extra time trial in the form of the 10-mile opening Ben Hur Hill Climb this Friday, which only the men's field contests. The race continues Saturday with a double stage, featuring a flat, 10-mile time trial in the morning and a 30-mile criterium in the afternoon. The race concludes Sunday with an 85-mile road race.

"Friday's time trial gives us an extra opportunity to dial in our time trial position that isn't offered to the other categories." Carroll added.

Alison Starnes & Alison Rosenthal of Team TIBCO will also be down for the Madera race, but will race with the women's pro/1/2.

Photo: (Left to Right) Alison Starnes, Brooke Miller and Alison Rosenthal at the Menlo Park Grand Prix