SOLIHULL cycling star Joe Fox fought his way through the pain barrier to help his West Midlands team mates rack-up a stack of medals at the UK Schools Games which took place in the North East of England.
Fox crashed in the opening circuit races on the Friday night and fractured his finger.
That didn’t stop the 16-year-old from Shirley getting back on his bike the following day to compete in a couple of time trials.
By the time Sunday’s road race came round, Fox was forced to pull out during the event as the pain became too much.
Team coach Ian Partridge said: “The time-trials took place on a fairly level course, but the road race was much more stressful and Joe found he couldn’t hold onto the handlebars.”
However Joe did enough to help the West Midlands team strike gold in the road race before dropping out.
The West Midlands team went on to dominate in the cycling, winning gold, six silver and a bronze medal with Partridge adding: “If there had been a medal table, we would have been top!”
The four strong boys team also included Lowsonford’s James Locker, who like Joe now rides for the high-profile Rapha-Condor team, while Solihull’s Danielle Khan competed in the girls quartet.