A Moment of Suffering – Written by Steve Trew

“Triathlon, A Moment of Suffering”

“Losers are the naive no-hopers who complain about the sheer white hot lust of that highest level of face to face racing without even contemplating that for that moment of suffering, it is all that the very best exist for”

‘A Moment of Suffering’……… is the follow-up novel to ‘A Long Day’s Dying’ which charted the early days of triathlon and introduced Gerry Roussell, and the two sisters Angie and Roo Casselli. But now times –and triathlon- have moved on, and the sport of triathlon is in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games!

But the road to Sydney is far from smooth, and far from confirmed…. When others will try anything to stop you getting there. And while living the life of the professional triathlete may appear privileged and cosseted from the outside, the truth is far from that.

The toughest sport in the World makes its debut at the Olympic Games, the toughest, most prominent major Games in the World. A World of unrelenting pressure in racing, in training –and in relationships.

Follow Gerry, Roo and Angie, and Gerry’s arch-rival Troy Woolford to the shattering climax in the very shadow of the Sydney Opera House at the Millenium Olympics.

If you love triathlon –if you love sport- you’ll love this second ever triathlon novel….. these athletes did!

Read what the athletes think:

Sian Brice, Olympic triathlete:

“Taking part in the Olympic Games was the absolute highlight of my triathlon, and indeed, my sporting career. What Steve Trew has done with this novel is to capture the very essence of that moment of exquisite suffering. It’s not just about the race; it’s about the pain and the tears and the crying and the laughing that goes along with it. Reading this recaptured for me what it was like to be there on that day….”

 Annie Emmerson, GB International runner, triathlete and duathlete:

“My enjoyment of ‘Long Day’s Dying’ was getting caught up with the characters; I felt for and empathised with them, I cared about them, I lived their ups and downs with them. Reading about them again in ‘A Moment of Suffering’ was like visiting old friends you haven’t seen for a long time.

If you’re an athlete you know what it feels like to be competing and training. You too will get caught up in the story, in their triumphs and heartaches…..Great Sports fiction? Read this”

Henrietta Freeman, European junior duathlon champion:

“Nothing -and I mean absolutely nothing – has been able to tear me away from your book. I started it the moment that I finished my last exam and have literally just finished.

It is the most perfect concoction of training manual, ‘trashy’ romance novel, personal diary recording everything that I have put myself through for the last 8 years and yet never been able to put into words, factually-accurate historical recording of the ‘wonderful world of triathlon’ in 2000, inspiration, embodiment of my hopes and dreams … you name it, its got it.”

Please email Steve directly to purchase this amazing read. Cost is £10 per book and £2 P&P in the UK.




Product Description

About the author

Steve Trew has been involved in triathlon since 1983 as an athlete, coach, team manager, commentator and journalist. Devoted to the sport, he has coached medallists at the major triathlon championships and contributed to its promotion internationally. At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, he had the dual role of triathlon race commentator and member of the British coaching team.

Steve was team manager for Wales at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

Steve commentated on triathlon and swimming at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester; on triathlon at the Olympic Games in Athen 2004; on triathlon at Commonwealth Games in Melbourne 2006; on triathlon again at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. At the London Olympic Games in 2012, Steve commentated on triathlon, open water swimming and race walking. He also commentated at the 2012 London Paralympics on Track and Field.

Author’s note

“I finished the final chapter of the draft of ‘Moment of Suffering’ on the plane back home from Sydney. I know in my mind how I was going to finish the story but also wanted to witness (and be lucky enough to comment on) the race to see what happened. And a hell of a lot happened! Not unlike the novel in many ways.

(I did have a little chuckle at the 2016 Rio Games with the British attention focused on two brothers, Alistair and Jonny, and two female best friends, Vicky and Non, who trained together while ‘Moment of Suffering’ focused on two sisters and two male best friends who trained together. Stranger than fiction…. Who knows?)

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