Tuesday Night Machinery Hill Race Series (Week One)

Tuesday Night Machinery Hill Race Series (Week One)

Even though there was snow on the ground in the morning, it turned out to be a beautiful night for racing at the first Tuesday Night Machinery Hill Race Series of the season. More than 150 local racers participated in the evening races. Results were tight and I believe there wasn’t a single incident resulting in loss of skin. I’m looking forward to putting the camera down and pinning a number on next week. Individual results Team results Tuesday Night Machinery Hill Race Series – Sponsored by Lazer Radio!: Flyer Here are a few of my favorite photographs throughout the night. Full Gallery of Photos at Prenzlow Photography  My Favorite Photos From Tuesday Night Machinery Hill Race Series (Week One)  ...
Personal Branding and Dramatic Portraiture at North Hennepin Community College

Personal Branding and Dramatic Portraiture at North Hennepin Community College

Last Thursday I had the opportunity to speak to North Hennepin Community College’s newly formed Entrepreneurship Club about personal branding. I realize that personal branding has become a bit of a buzz term and often used to describe a wide variety of personal improvement strategies. However, when speaking to a group of students in this age range, I focus primarily on the importance of starting to develop a personal branding strategy and understanding the perceptions (both positive and negative) students may be projecting. The biggest eye-opening moments are typically when statistics are discussed about how future employees use social media to screen applicants. We also discuss many of the most commonly used personal branding tools. After the short session, I offered to take headshots of any students who wanted an updated a profile picture. The lighting I used for these photos was fairly dramatic, but it would be a stark contrast from a cellphone “selfie.” Here are a few of my favorite photos from this quick session. Brady Prenzlow is a full-time business and marketing instructor at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park,...
Creating Sports Posters for Passionate & Talented Athletes

Creating Sports Posters for Passionate & Talented Athletes

I had a great time shooting sportraits of some young athletes and creating a few epic posters for them to hang on the wall next to their sports icons. These are 10 of my favorites, but you can see the entire gallery here: Prenzlow Photography Champlin Park Rebels Lacrosse, Maplebrook Soccer, and True MN Lacrosse were all represented. If you are interested in booking a session, viewing pricing details, or contacting me just click here: Prenzlow Photography Brady Prenzlow is a business instructor at North Hennepin Community College, owns Prenzlow Photography, and races and mentors for Northstar Junior Development Cycling...
Was the Tour of Kansas City Worth a Seven Hour Drive?

Was the Tour of Kansas City Worth a Seven Hour Drive?

At the beginning of the race season The Tour of Kansas City was not on my calendar. However, after taking a look at the KC race flyer a few weeks ago and realizing that the Masters and Junior races were both scheduled before lunch on both Saturday and Sunday, we decided to make a family weekend of it and enjoy Kansas City during our non-race afternoons and evenings. This race is also part of the Midwest Flyover and I love supporting Jason Engle’s effort to promote road cycling in our area. We will make it to four of the six designated Flyover races this season. Maybe more next season if he adds at 40+ Flyover Omnium—hint, hint. Tour of Kansas City Race Recon Since my wife could get in a day of work at her company’s Kansas City plant on Friday, we drove down to Kansas City from Minnesota late on Thursday. Koen and I had the entire day on Friday completely free. What to do? Ride bikes across town and test ride the Gooseneck climb of course. It was a great day of riding, laughing, eating, and enjoying the hotel swimming pool. We both knew what we were in for at the prologue and circuit race the next day—lots of pain! Tour of Kansas City Prologue Time Trial Who loves time trials? Not this guy. The only time trials I end up racing are part of a larger omnium series and the shorter the better. It doesn’t get much shorter than 2.65 miles. Having never raced this course, my goal was to average 400 watts for a 6:00...
Why Do I Love Racing the MN Memorial Classic?

Why Do I Love Racing the MN Memorial Classic?

For the last seven Memorial Day Weekends I have raced in Endurance Promotion’s MN Memorial Classic bike race. This omnium race includes four races over three days. I have had such great memories from this race that have been shared with incredible teammates, friends, and family. This weekend race marked my first race as a Cat 4 in 2010 and my first big win as a Cat 3 in 2011. This race is also now part of the Midwest Flyover Series—which means it attracts more out-of-state riders in the elite men’s and women’s fields. I have spent a couple years suffering in that field as well. However, this year four Erik’s riders will be competing in the Masters Field (including myself) and four younger riders will be competing in the P/1/2 Elite Field. This omnium race involves four races over the course of three days. On Saturday morning the omnium begins with a short circuit race in Rockford, MN. On Saturday afternoon most of the same course is used for a 5.1 mile time trial. Sunday afternoon includes a flat road race in Lester Prairie, MN. Finally, Monday ends with a criterium in New Hope, MN. I had a blast racing in each and wanted to recap a few of my experiences as well as the help I received from my teammates on Erik’s Regional Race Team throughout the weekend. MN Memorial Classic Circuit Race The Circuit Race has been in Rockford, MN for the last several years and involves a 6.5 mile triangular loop with a punchy 1 kilometer hill finish. Our Masters Field completed 5 laps with bonus...

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