Herbie Sykes is a British sports journalist and writer specializing in the history of road bicycle racing.
Sykes' second book, Maglia Rosa, is an illustrated history of the Giro d'Italia. The first work of its kind in the English language, it was first published in March 2011. It was the Podiumcafe.com cycling book of the year for 2011. Coppi, a collection of photography supported by testimony from Fausto Coppi's contemporaries, was published in 2012. It was shorlisted in the illustrated book category at the 2013 British Sports Book of the Year awards.
Sykes' fourth book, The Race against the Stasi, was published in September 2014. A biographical study of the defected East German cyclist Dieter Wiedemann, it explores the politicisation of Soviet Bloc sport through the mythical Peace Race. It won the Cycling Book of the Year at the Cross British Sports Book Awards and was nominated in the outstanding general sportswriting category. In addition it was among The Observer sports books of the year.
- Eagle of the Canavese. Norwich, UK: Mousehold Press. 2008. ISBN 978-1-874739-49-4.
- Coppi: Inside the Legend of the Campionissimo. Rouleur Series. London: A & C Black. 2009. ISBN 978-1-4081-8166-9.
- Maglia Rosa 2nd edition: Triumph and Tragedy at the Giro D'Italia. Rouleur Series. London: A & C Black. 2013. ISBN 978-1-4081-9001-2.
- The Race against the Stasi. London: Aurum Press. 2014. ISBN 978-1-7813-1308-4.