by Annette Padilla
November 4, 2009; Oceanside, CA, USA: 100 elite victories. Wow. Brent Prenzlow raced to win the Prestige Series “Storm the Beach” cyclocross elite men’s race Sunday. Prenzlow races for Celo Pacific Bicycle Racing Team and B+L Bikes (www.celopacific.org). With a gap over Sho Air’s Pro Mountain Biker Sid Taberlay, Brent was again at the top of the podium. But it wasn’t just another win.
Saturday’s win was special for Prenzlow, who won his 100th elite men’s race in front of family, friends, and supporters, including his mechanic Gordon Yeager. The crowd was screaming and cheering for a man who loves ‘cross. His friends shook his hand, hugged him and his wife, and gave him a Belgian beer after the race.
It was also a special win for those of us who race cyclocross in Southern California, as we got to witness our top rider achieve such a major milestone.
Prenzlow says “he’s addicted to cross,” and loves to train and race. As a category one racer, Brent is a unique and talented athlete. He’s easy going and highly respected among his teammates and the other cyclocrossers. Brent has been racing cyclocross for fifteen years and was among the first key guys who started promoting cross racing in Southern California with the 5-race SoCal Cross Cup in 2002. That series has now grown into a much larger 15-event Southern California Prestige Series (www.socalcross.com). Brent has contributed to the ‘cross community by leading practices and providing instruction on techniques such as how to get over the barriers smoothly. Currently, he volunteers numerous hours to Celo Pacific as their webmaster, tracking and posting race results every weekend to support the team’s racing.
When not racing, Prenzlow works full time at the Hewlett Packard’s Rancho Bernardo site where he is a technical software engineer. He rides to work and back as part of his training or his wife, Gail, drops him off, then he rides home. It’s a hilly 25 mile commute one way.
“I cannot believe I made it to 100,” says Prenzlow. Neither can we, but the official results speak for themselves (see his plamares here). When asked about the beach course on Sunday, he says “I enjoy racing in the deep sand and creating challenging courses”.John Behrens, co-founder of Bailey Bikes and a previous teammate of Brent’s with Celo, adds that the man who raced in red booties is a mentor to everyone in ‘cross. Through Prenzlow’s leadership and providing tips in travel, training, and racing, Behrens, who lines up at the start with Brent, has advanced categories in cyclocross to the elite level. “Brent keeps on getting faster and faster,” says John. “He is efficient and smooth over and over again.”
Race announcer Larry Longo says Prenzlow is truly gifted because “nobody wins 100 elite races.”
Future dreams of the “King of Cross” as some call him, include standing on the highest podium at the December Cyclocross Nationals in Bend, Oregon for the highly competitive 40-44 age category and plans for pro mountain bike racing locally in the NORBA series. He hopes to race the new Specialized 29er mountain bike for Celo and B+L. Maybe he will complete a double century-the next 100 in the dirt on a mountain bike? Stay tuned.
BP is a stud. Make sure you come out to Sunday's "Storm the Beach" cyclocross race and see BP kill it and complete his record.
"Celo Pacific Members, and friends of Celo, I came across an interesting statistic this week. Celo Pacific's own ace cyclocrosser, Brent Prenzlow, has 99 ELITE level cyclocross wins (does not include Masters or other races prior to reaching the Elite level). He will compete this Sunday at Storm the Beach, his "home" course, with the opportunity to reach the 100 Elite win milestone.
I want to take this opportunity to mention something just as remarkable about Brent, who as many of you know, is a relatively soft-spoken, humble guy. The time & energy he spends unselfishly volunteering for the club is off the charts. From website design and updates, building our cross courses, bringing in sponsors, to mentoring our amateur racers, he gives up countless hours of time he otherwise could be out doing something else...like training!
A little more on his bio: He has spent 15 seasons of hard work and dedication to cyclocross - almost all of it with Celo Pacific. He's proud of his accomplishments, but never overly confident. With 100 wins just on the horizon, his goals don't stop there..."The one thing missing from my resume is a national jersey. I need to take care of that" he says.
I know he'd love to get the big win on his home course in front of his team and friends, but we all know you can't predict what will happen in a cyclocross race, or who will show up on good form. I assure you Brent will give 100% and we will all hope for the best. Please come on out and cheer him on.
One of my favorite Pro Athlete Clients, James Walsh won the Rim Nordic Cat1 Series last weekend!
If you have seen me in the shop working on the Yeti FRO HT (Team Torqoise/ White w pink accents), You know James takes this sport seriously, I work hard keeping his lightweight gadgets rolling. Awesome Job James!
Got out in the Subaru this weekend for some rally fun.
It's been pretty busy around the shop lately. Lots of groupo upgrades, new bike builds and complete overhauls.
My night ride has started up as well. The last couple have had 7 or so riders which is still healthy, can't wait for another 14 riders. I've been toying with the idea of moving this blog to my website (Probikesupport).
Remember my links to the "Blue Dot"? Yes? No? Well my friend Mary raced the Tour Divide last year and was being tracked by a GPS based tracker called Spot. It was a really cool feature and it was nice to be able to see where she was on course.
The Tour Divide race is a 2770 mile self supported MTB race from Banff Canada to Antelope Wells New Mexico. Mary raced her first ever Tour Divide last year and was the first female to ever finish. 18 riders started the race and only 8 finished. Last year it took her 29 days to finish the race and that was impressive. She has learned a lot from last year and knows a little about what to expect.
It's going to take quite a bit to race this year (Money & Support). If you would like to contribute to her goals she is accepting checks or paypal at; Mary's Tour Divide 2009
She won't be working (no steady cash flow) and living/ eating through Fast food & gas stations. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Last week marked my first full week back on the bike. I need some type of motivation to get back out there, a new paint job and groupo are working.
Monday and Tuesday last week I commuted to work via Carlsbad (I rode north to Carlsbad then turned around, for some extra miles). Wednesday I had my Night Ride that was a little faster than I had in my legs. Thursday I had an easy paced 20 miles before work. Friday I rode with DB, Bigos & Sean. Saturday was supposed to be my rest day but, I had previously volunteered to ride a spin bike at the annual YMCA Spinathon (This year I got away with only 2 hours on the bike). Sunday I rode an easy 30 miles with Karen. Today thankfully I drove to work. I'm glad I rested the legs. They were starting to feel sore.