Lionel Birnie is a journalist, author and publisher who specialises in cycling.
He is the freelance cycling correspondent for The Sunday Times and writes for Cycle Sport and Cycling Weekly, two of Britain’s leading cycling magazines.
He began his career as a reporter at the Watford Observer in 1993 before moving to Cycling Weekly in 1998. Two weeks after accepting the job, the Festina Affair blew the sport apart. It didn’t seem like a great career move at the time.
In 2001, he left the cycling magazine and spent three years freelancing for whichever national newspaper would have him.
However, by 2004 he returned to Cycling Weekly and Cycle Sport. The 2012 Tour de France will be his eleventh.
Lionel has written three books about Watford Football Club – Four Seasons, Enjoy the Game and The 100 Greatest Watford Wins. (Yes, they have had a hundred wins. No wisecracks are necessary).
In 2012 he edited Tales from the Vicarage, which featured writing by 11 authors and journalists who have an affinity with Watford FC.
The first volume of another series, The Cycling Anthology, bringing together essays by 14 of the world’s leading cycling journalists, is scheduled for publication in November 2012.
To contact Lionel, please use the contact me page.