Lionel Birnie is a journalist, author and publisher who specialises in cycling and football.
He is co-host of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, co-editor of The Cycling Anthology and editor of the Tales From series of football books.
He owns Peloton Publishing, a company dedicated to producing sports books.
He started his career as a trainee reporter at The Watford Observer in 1998. He joined Cycling Weekly in 1998 and covered the Tour de France for the first time the following year. In 2001, he went freelancer and has written and sub-edited for a number of national newspapers and magazines.
THE SUNDAY TIMES
Lionel began writing for The Sunday Times at the 2008 Tour de France.
THE TELEGRAPH CYCLING PODCAST
In June 2013, Lionel established The Cycling Podcast with fellow journalists Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe. They quickly established a large audience for their daily despatches from the Tour and in 2014 the podcast joined forces with The Telegraph.
The Telegraph Cycling Podcast
Established in 2010, Peloton Publishing has produced a number of books about football and cycling, most notably Sean Kelly’s autobiography, Hunger, which was shortlisted for the Irish Sports Book of the Year award in 2013.
THE CYCLING ANTHOLOGY
Lionel started The Cycling Anthology, a collection of essays about professional cycling, with Ellis Bacon in 2012. The first three volumes were released by Peloton Publishing but in 2014 Lionel and Ellis sold the rights to Yellow Jersey Press, although they remain co-editors. The fifth volume was published in November 2014.
Tales from the Vicarage, a series of books curating a collection of writing about Watford Football Club, began in 2012. In 2014, Lionel formed Tales From with Adam Leventhal.
WATFORD FOOTBALL CLUB BOOKS
Lionel is a lifelong Watford supporter. His first book about the club, Four Seasons, was published in 2001. Since then, he has written Enjoy the Game and The 100 Greatest Watford Wins and has edited three volumes of Tales from the Vicarage.
Watford FC books
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