My Favorite Photos from the 2015 MN Memorial Classic

My Favorite Photos from the 2015 MN Memorial Classic

2015 was my sixth year in a row of racing the MN Memorial Classic. I have had some amazing memories from this race over that period of time. It was my first race as a Cat 4 in 2010 when I raced in the Cat 3/4 Field and helped a teammate step onto the podium. I came back in 2011 as a Cat 3 and won the road race and overall omnium. In 2012 I nearly melted during the Cat 1/2 road race in some unseasonably warm weather. I had crashed hard the weekend before the 2013 Memorial Classic and raced a back-up bike. My results were less than stellar, but the team had a great time. Last year the circuit race of the Memorial Classic was my first race back after having surgery on my collar bone after crashing at training camp. I surprised a few and won a couple of the point laps. However, the rest of my race and the overall weekend was nothing to brag about. I knew this year was going to be busy as I planned to race the Masters 40+ Field for the weekend and take photos on Saturday and Monday during the races I was not participating in. Things didn’t go quite as planned in terms of racing, but I was pretty happy with some of the shots I captured during the circuit race, time trial, and criterium. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the weekend. If you love any photos in the gallery, please purchase a reasonably priced download or print by clicking the “buy” button at the bottom right corner...
How Super was the Erik’s Super Demo at Devil’s Head Resort?

How Super was the Erik’s Super Demo at Devil’s Head Resort?

I have been looking forward to the Erik’s Super Demo at Devil’s Head Resort in Baraboo Wisconsin since it was announced a few months ago. During this mid-May weekend in the past, I have raced Almanzo or Wheels on Willy. However, the opportunity to spend some non-race time with teammates and fellow bike enthusiasts while test riding the latest and greatest road, mountain, AND electric bikes on some amazing roads and trails seemed much more appealing this year. Five members of the Erik’s Regional Road Team made the trip out to Devil’s Head Resort for this inaugural event. Matt, Andy, and I left around noon on Friday and Ben and Laszlo were able to leave after work. Since three of us arrived at the resort around 4:00, we immediately “kitted-up” after check-in and headed out to spin-out our legs and explore the local roads. The official bike demo did not open to the public until 10:30 on Saturday. I am no climber, but in non-race situations I love the opportunity to push the pain threshold and get outside of my comfort zone. It wasn’t very far into our ride before the road tilted up and I was dropping down to my “granny gear” in an attempt to hold the wheels of Matt and Andy. Ha! Let’s just say I’m glad they were being kind. Having had bad luck with flat tires already this season, I wasn’t too surprised when I got to the top of the Tower Rd. climb and blew the sidewall of my front tire. I was luckily able to use the “dollar bill in the tire trick” and...
Celebrating Moms on Mother’s Day Weekend

Celebrating Moms on Mother’s Day Weekend

Who doesn’t love to hold a new baby? It’s not very often that you have a brand new nephew in the family and they sure don’t stay brand new very long. It was only appropriate that we went down to Sherburn, MN to visit my sister-in-law Nikki and brother-in-law Jake on Mother’s Day Weekend to meet William (Will) for the first time. They had moved into their new house on Fox Lake less than a week ago and everything was wonderfully chaotic and exciting. Although with my sister-in-law Nikki, chaotic meant that there were no signs of empty boxes and pictures were already hanging on the walls :   ) After spending a wonderful Saturday evening with Angie’s side of the family in Sherburn, we headed to Mapleton to spend the night at my mom and dad’s. It’s always been nice for travel purposes that both of our families live in southern Minnesota. It was late by the time we arrived at my parent’s house, but we still had time to catch up and watch a little NASCAR with my dad. After a lazy Mother’s Day morning, we headed to my aunt Cindy’s in Winnebago for Mother’s Day lunch. With so many wonderful home-prepared dishes, the goal is to take small portions of everything so that I am not completely bloated on the drive back to the Cities. It’s always great to catch up with family and hear the latest news about my cousins. It’s always such a fun weekend with family. However, in my book mothers should be celebrated every day of the year.   Brady Prenzlow owns Prenzlow Photography, rides...
A Sunday Morning Photo-Stroll Through Mapleton

A Sunday Morning Photo-Stroll Through Mapleton

It was a fantastic weekend of biking, road-tripping to southern MN, and visiting family for Mother’s Day. However, the most peaceful moments of the weekend were during my Sunday morning photo-stroll through Mapleton. As most families were either already at church or preparing to leave for church, there was barely a car or person on the streets. Having been born and raised in Mapleton, I think it’s always fun to examine what has changed in this city of 1700 in the last 20 years and what has remained the same. I will need to give myself this photo assignment every time I travel to my parent’s house, as the following photos only scratch the surface of the character and nostalgia of this small community.   I always tell people that I get a different view of the world from behind the handlebars of a bike. I think that is also true about the view I receive from behind the lens of a camera. I can’t think of anywhere else I would have rather grown up and it sure is fun to attempt to capture elements that resurrect some of those great memories.   Brady Prenzlow owns Prenzlow Photography, rides for Erik’s Bike Shop, teaches at North Hennepin Community College, and loves everything about cycling from behind the lens and behind the...
Did the Fulton Grand Fondo Live up to its Reputation?

Did the Fulton Grand Fondo Live up to its Reputation?

Of all of the events and races I was forced to miss last spring due to my broken collar bone, the Fulton Grand Fondo was the one I missed the most. Since it was a new event in 2014, I didn’t really know what I was missing, but it sounded like a fantastic time. After nearly a month or racing every weekend, I think most local riders are up for something a little less sanctioned by May 9. I’m not saying that this ride didn’t feel like a race at times, but none of us were wearing numbers or chips and it would have been very easy to just say “this is just a gorgeous ride through the south metro” if you did get dropped. Six Erik’s Bike & Board riders began the ride at Fulton Brewery at 9:00 and we picked up one more rider 10 miles down the road. To avoid some of the congestion of 1000 riders using parts of the Greenway to leave the city, the six of us rolled out a little earlier than the rest of the group. So. . . if this was a race, we were all cheaters. We ended up stopping at both the Hopkins Depot and a Super America on Excelsior to use the restroom–a true sign that most of us are masters riders. We did meet up with Laszlo right before the the rest of the group of 50 or so fast riders caught us at Pioneer Trail.   I rode with the group of about 50 lead riders for 15 miles or so before the road pitched up...

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