Inspired by the tales of Le Tour de France and amateur racing exploits of years ago, he pulled his father Dave’s 1989 road bike down from the garage rafters, tuned it up without any help, and began riding around the neighborhood streets.
Now, in his second full season of racing with xXx Racing – AthletiCo, Kyle Mindick is not your typical middle school athlete. “Most of my friends [at McHenry Middle School] are in track or cross-country, so they relate the endurance part of it. They think it’s cool.
“But,” he adds, as a track and cross-country runner himself, “compared with traditional American sports, cycling is way out there. Soccer kids don’t have to deal with chamois crème or carbon fiber.”
Kyle found the transition from one endurance sport to another quite...