Rupert Guinness is a senior sports writer for the Sydney Morning Herald. He writes about rugby union, cycling and rowing has covered 20 Tours de France. Married and living in Sydney, Guinness was awarded a Walkley Award commendation in 2001 for his inside story for The Australian on the 1999/2000 Sydney to Hobart yacht race where he crewed - without ever having sailed before - as a grinder on board the line honours-winning maxi yacht Nicorette. A former triathlete, club cyclist and elite lightweight rower, Guinness still rides and runs in marathons. He has written thirteen books.