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Prenzlow Photography is a passion that began organically in 2011 out of a love of capturing moments of passion, determination, and competition in the area of competitive cycling. With such a high level of strategy, grit, and risk, bike racing is easy to fall in love with, but often difficult to describe. My hope is to provide professional-level photographs of everyday athletes performing at extraordinary levels. As a full-time marketing instructor, I also enjoy that this business provides an excellent opportunity to practice what I teach.

Who were the Big Winners in the Afternoon Fields of the Ken Woods Memorial Road Race?

The weather conditions may have been a little warmer than when I raced in the morning, but the afternoon fields at the Ken Woods Memorial Road Race experienced just as much wind and elevation. Congrats to all who spent their Saturday afternoon racing in Cannon Falls, MN. I know I enjoyed both racing and shooting, but sitting in a ditch with a camera in hand for the afternoon waves was certainly more relaxing. Here is a Prenzlow Photography perspective of the afternoon. A full gallery of shots are up at: Shop Full Photo Gallery Juniors Boys 10-14 Nick Carter (NorthStar Development) Adam Vail (Minnesota Junior Cycling Inc.) Ethan Peterson (NorthStar Development) Junior Boys 15-16 Wyatt Furois (NorthStar Development) Tyler Curtis (NorthStar Development) Nick Gordon (Minnesota Junior Cycling Inc.) Junior Boys 17-18 Grant Wass (NorthStar Development) William Kerker (NorthStar Development) Ethan Nelson (St. Paul Bicycle Racing Club) Junior Girls 10-14 Jennifer Mettler (NorthStar Development) Veronica Church (TWENTY16 Pro Cycling) Junior Girls 15-16 Wyatt Singh (Minnesota Junior Cycling Inc.) Full Junior Results Shop Full Photo Gallery 50+ Field Jim Bell (Donkey Label) David Herbert (Flanders) Robert Ashton (Flanders) Full 50+ Results Shop Full Photo Gallery Men Cat 4 Carl Bauer (Synergy) Carl Meine (RVCC) Cory Cunard Full Men Cat 4 Results Shop Full Photo Gallery Men 5 John Klem Paul Buchanan (The Hub Cycling Team) Joe Pond (Midtown Cycling) Full Men Cat 5 Results Shop Full Photo Gallery Women Cat 1/2 Corey Cisek Coogan (The Fix Studio) Carrie Seipp (St. Paul Bicycle Racing Club) Diedre Ribbens (St. Paul Bicycle Racing Club) Full Women Cat 1/2 Results Shop Full Photo Gallery Women Cat 3...

Snowy, Cold, and Windy Conditions were the Biggest Opponent for Week Two of the Tuesday Night Worlds Crit

Week Two of the Tuesday Night Worlds Crit saw a 30 degree temperature swing from the previous week, 25 mph winds, and frequent snow squalls throughout. With conditions like this, it was clear who the diehard crit racers are for 2015. However, these same conditions led to nearly every field being blown to bits by the end of each race. Beginner Men & Junior Boys Could this week’s beginner men and junior boys race be as entertaining as last week’s beginner women and junior girl’s race? Nine brave men (5 juniors and 4 beginners) took the line for the snowy 25 minute race. The group quickly split into groups of two and three on the course after the first lap. It was a battle between Austin Dirks of Synergy and Ethan Nelson of St. Paul Bicycle Racing Club. Austin won the final sprint of the race, but the two junior riders tied in overall points at 20 apiece for the night. I overheard a couple racers say that this was their very first crit. With conditions like these, I’m sure this is a crit they will remember for quite a while. Beginner Men and Junior Boys Results: Austin Dirks (Junior) Synergy—20 pts. Ethan Nelson (Junior) SPBRC—20 pts. Louis Mueller (Junior) Angry Catfish—12 pts. Full Results Shop Full Photo Gallery Men Cat 4/5 I think there was a little confusion at the start of the Men Cat 4/5 race as Brian Welch (Hollywood Cycles) took off from the gun and left the remaining 18 riders scratching their heads. The chasing pack stuck together more tightly than the other fields of the evening, but it appeared...

Who Had Early Season Form at the First Tuesday Night Worlds Crit?

I can’t imagine a more gorgeous night to kick off the road and crit season in Minnesota. With sunny skies and a starting temp of 70 degrees, the conditions were perfect for the start of Tuesday Night Worlds at the MN State Fair Grounds. Which one of these sun-deprived riders would prove that the hours of trainer and/or fatbike time during the frigid winter months would pay off on the State Fair race course? Would there be new muscle on the MN race scene? Would we avoid the inevitable first race crash? Would Shane be able to handle the massive number of riders waiting patiently to register? Let’s take a look at Prenzlow Photography’s perspective of the night. Beginner Women & Junior Girls The beginner women and junior girls field and beginner men and junior boys field will alternate during the six week run of Tuesday Night Worlds. The first week was for the women as 17 women took the starting line for this first race of the night. With the limited hours of light, the first few races of the evening were only 25 minutes long. For this field, that computed to nine laps around the 4-corner course with a sprint lap every three laps. Of course this race was focused on developing race skills and gaining comfort in group, but the standout rider of the evening was Lisa Martens. Lisa rode strong and smart the entire race and was able to take both mid-race sprints and the win. Congrats Lisa! I’m guessing your coach might take some of the credit? If you are a female rider interested in getting started in racing, come out to Tuesday Night...

Koen’s Rubber Face in Some Sunday Photo Fun

After my first 50 mile bike ride of the year, the only thing I had the energy to do this evening was organize my photo gear in the basement. I had shot a few events and been using my continuous lighting to record some videos, so my gear was spread over the entire basement. Of course, after getting everything put away, I was motivated to break out my strip boxes and a beauty dish. I set up my strip boxes as rim lights and positioned my beauty dish at about a 45 degree angle.     This is pretty much the classic sports shot set-up that I would use if I shot the Erik’s Team photos again, so I just wanted to get things dialed in. Don’t mind the duct work and rafters. I grabbed my “always-willing” model (my son Koen) and took a few fun shots as he contorted his nine-year-old rubber face.             Yep. Not a normal way to spend a Sunday evening. . . or a Sunday afternoon for that matter, but I wouldn’t change a thing.  ...

Prenzlow Photography’s Top 500 Minnesota Road and Track Cycling Photos of 2014

I pulled my favorite 500 Minnesota Road and Track shots together for the 2014 MCF Banquet Slideshow. With 500 cycling photos starring me in the face, I thought it would be fun to create a ridiculously fast summary of the season. Having broken my collar bone at the beginning of the 2014 season, I was able to spend a little more time behind the camera than I normally would. However, having also raced for the last several years, I realize how much time, hard work, and dedication it takes to race a road or track bike at any level. Watching 500 photos fly by in just over a minute can summarize the season, but it doesn’t come close to capturing the hours of training, the grit of holding onto the wheel in front of you, the expense of equipment, the support of family members, or the skin lost to the “God’s of Road Rash.” It definitely takes a certain breed to want race on the road every season. I’m not sure if I am more excited to roll up to the line with again with Erik’s Bike Shop Road Team in 2015 or get back behind the camera on the side of the road? Life is good. All of the photos represented in this video can be purchased and downloaded at: Top 500 Shots Prenzlow...

Who are the 2014 Riders of the Year for the Minnesota Cycling Federation?

The Minnesota Cycling Federation banquet is on Saturday, February 28. This event is held to recognize the MCF Riders of the Year on the Road, Track, & CX in the designated categories. After all of the blood, sweat, and tears each rider donates over the course of a long season, it has often seemed a little anticlimactic to celebrate this accomplishment in a crowded bowling alley on a Sunday night. However, this year is different. I’m not sure how the banquet made its way to the Hollywood Cycles & Donkey Label HQ, but I could not think of a more appropriate venue “fer” an end of the season bash. Jay asked if I could put together a continuous slideshow of road and track galleries for the event and a winner’s slideshow for the ceremony. I was happy to do it and figured it would be a good excuse to review my 2014 race galleries and see if I improved behind the camera over the season. It’s always a great learning experience to go back and see why I decided to capture and/or edit a photo the way that I did. Sometimes it can be a pretty painful experience. I was happy to see that I had captured all of the winners at least once and have a portfolio that I can continue to build upon for the upcoming season. Here are the 10 winner’s galleries I developed for the event. See you at the MCF Banquet this Saturday at 6:00. Don’t forget to stick around for DNF & Woodshop. Full High Resolution Galleries are on Prenzlow Photography at: Road Track      ...

Koochella Presents Save the NSC Velodrome Photo Booth!

What a fun night! Koochella asked if I would set-up a small photo booth for “Koochella Presents Save the NSC Velodrome Part 1.” at Fulton Beer on Sunday night. I was happy to be asked and excited to be a part of a fundraising event for the NSC Velodrome. I only started racing at the track a few years ago, but over the last couple of seasons it has been one of my favorite places to compete on the bike and take race photos. I can still remember competing in the High School State Track Meet at the National Sports Complex in Blaine WAY back in 1993, driving by the NSC Velodrome when it was still shiny and new, and thinking, “I would do anything to race my bike on THAT!” Well, it took nearly 18 years for me to take the Introduction Class and start racing, but I am so glad I did. However, with roughly a 20 year life span, the NSC Velodrome is in need of about $60,000 in repairs to be raceable next season. A recent article in the Pioneer Press briefly outlines the current situation at the track and various repair or replacement options. Even on a drizzly Sunday evening, the community came out in force to support a beloved sport and venue. Thanks to all of the organizers and sponsors that made this possible. I had a blast capturing as much of the community as I could in this gallery. Here’s to hopping the financial goals can get met so we can enjoy at least few more seasons at the NSC...

Cross for Tots 2014–Photos

Saturday was a gorgeous day to drive down to Bloomington and shoot a few hours of Cross for Tots. Jay, Kristy, and all the volunteers with the help of Hollywood Cycles and Penn Cycle & Fitness did an amazing job of putting on a race that fit the personalities of the organizers. In 2013 they raised over $1000 and collected more than 175 toys for the Twin Cities Toys for Tots. With the official Minnesota cyclocross series in the books, most riders were more interested in having a good time than riding their competitors into the ground. I think that is also the approach I took behind the camera, as I did more chatting than shooting. However, I was able to capture a few photos of the day. Click here for a full photo gallery of the afternoon. Cross for Tots  ...

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