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It’s Millar Time – Book Giveaway

There’s one remaining copy of David Millar’s autobiography “Racing Through the Dark” to give away. As a reminder the publisher’s offered me a review copy but I’d already reviewed the book when it came out in Europe so there was no point getting another review copy.

Instead they offered to send three copies to give away to readers of the blog. I’ve done this via a quiz. The trouble is finding an answer that people can’t get from an internet search in six seconds.

Quiz
Guess the word count of the story.

Rules: post your answer in the comments section, don’t email or send a tweet.

Feel free to use a pseudonym and you don’t have to leave your email in the field before leaving the answer. I’ll send the book airmail to anywhere on the planet.

I’ll pick the winner in due course. If there’s a tie I’ll use a random function to select a winner.

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Oliver Sunday, 26 August 2012, 5:16 pm

    40,000?

  • Rodney Sunday, 26 August 2012, 5:27 pm

    72,000

  • Jon Karlin Sunday, 26 August 2012, 5:30 pm

    64,001

  • Billy McLennan Sunday, 26 August 2012, 5:36 pm

    52,ooo

  • Matthias Bonjour Sunday, 26 August 2012, 5:41 pm

    actually really want to read this book. I’m going to go with 136500

  • El Gato de la Cala Sunday, 26 August 2012, 5:43 pm

    140.000 but you can keep the book.

  • Constantine Sunday, 26 August 2012, 5:48 pm

    I’ll go for 128800.

  • Jeff Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:10 pm

    68,209

  • LCD Abdoujaparov Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:15 pm

    125,000

  • Seb Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:16 pm

    77753

  • Erik Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:17 pm

    96,327 — is this like the Price is Right where we can’t overbid?

  • Ankush Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:17 pm

    62,000

  • ChrisG Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:17 pm

    134,000 and every one a rip roaring page turner!

  • Bart Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:18 pm

    I think 134400

  • gilbert Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:18 pm

    254.ooo

  • @wandervb Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:18 pm

    Let’s say 116550 words!

  • Sig Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:19 pm

    91,072

  • Pirate Maboule Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:19 pm

    The Price is Right!

  • monadott Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:20 pm

    92.000

  • dmru Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:20 pm

    109.995 words.

  • daniel Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:20 pm

    Constantine ; )

    Going for 13375

  • Matt Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:21 pm

    102,500

  • Jenise Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:21 pm

    143,400

  • OxChris Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:21 pm

    90,000!

  • ThoreRK Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:23 pm

    92,066

  • Can't join Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:27 pm

    145,320

  • Iorekb Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:28 pm

    let’s go for 149793 words

  • jack Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:31 pm

    78,654

  • Roxanne Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:41 pm

    The word count of the book or the review? The word count of the review, including the cover quote, is 1,406. Without the quote, it’s 1,365. If you mean the whole of Millar’s book, it’s 347 pages – quite long for an autobiography – so at 500 words per page, that would be 175,000 or so. So, that’s my guess.

  • mike Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:45 pm

    98,250

  • KubaWinter Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:47 pm

    160.000?

  • James West Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:48 pm

    180,000

  • Reno Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:48 pm

    99,999

  • Tyler Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:50 pm

    I’ll take 168,000 please.

  • mmre Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:54 pm

    About 7 and a half lines, 20 words per line, so the guess is 150. Just like doping, the rules are open to interpretation.

  • Ali Sunday, 26 August 2012, 6:58 pm

    122,500

  • Paul Sunday, 26 August 2012, 7:00 pm

    131,250

  • Gospina Sunday, 26 August 2012, 7:04 pm

    182,500

  • jedroll Sunday, 26 August 2012, 7:17 pm

    128880

  • Ronan Sunday, 26 August 2012, 7:29 pm

    145876

  • alex Sunday, 26 August 2012, 7:32 pm

    177400

  • v7 Sunday, 26 August 2012, 7:38 pm

    185000

  • Christian Sunday, 26 August 2012, 7:46 pm

    165.000

  • Mike Sunday, 26 August 2012, 7:54 pm

    92,000 words

    • Mike Sunday, 26 August 2012, 7:55 pm

      ignore my last, someone else already guessed that, ill go with

      93,001

  • david Sunday, 26 August 2012, 7:54 pm

    165,000

  • Matt N. Sunday, 26 August 2012, 8:10 pm

    I’ll guess that it’s around 98,000 words.

  • Peter Sunday, 26 August 2012, 8:18 pm

    Of the story? 160 words.

    You run a very fun column as well as very informative. Thank you for all of this!

    Peter

  • peloton.pl Sunday, 26 August 2012, 8:27 pm

    167313

  • Matt Sunday, 26 August 2012, 8:31 pm

    166,000

  • haps Sunday, 26 August 2012, 8:35 pm

    190.203

  • Emil Sunday, 26 August 2012, 8:42 pm

    174,000!
    Thanks for the chance.

  • Chrisman Sunday, 26 August 2012, 9:08 pm

    131,000

  • Peter Sunday, 26 August 2012, 9:19 pm

    147, 200

  • Peter Sunday, 26 August 2012, 9:20 pm

    147, 200.
    Thanks for giving away the book. I and writing an awesome blog. Of course….

  • Peter Sunday, 26 August 2012, 9:20 pm

    147, 200.
    Thanks for giving away the book. And writing an awesome blog. Of course….

  • cykeltyven Sunday, 26 August 2012, 9:36 pm

    130130

  • packfill Sunday, 26 August 2012, 9:42 pm

    128,364

  • Reuben Sunday, 26 August 2012, 9:48 pm

    77,381

  • Freek Sunday, 26 August 2012, 9:52 pm

    100.250

  • Geoffrey Sunday, 26 August 2012, 9:56 pm

    80,257

  • fbleagh Sunday, 26 August 2012, 9:59 pm

    70,000

  • Angry Elf Sunday, 26 August 2012, 10:03 pm

    107,859

  • ave Sunday, 26 August 2012, 10:11 pm

    89765

  • lucian Sunday, 26 August 2012, 10:14 pm

    How have you counted the words in the book, do you have the kindle edition?

    • The Inner Ring Sunday, 26 August 2012, 11:37 pm

      Easy, I asked the publisher who sent me the books.

  • Dan Sunday, 26 August 2012, 10:25 pm

    172500

  • AW Sunday, 26 August 2012, 10:41 pm

    90,500

  • Mark Sunday, 26 August 2012, 10:54 pm

    139,877 words

  • Dan Sunday, 26 August 2012, 11:19 pm

    113,425

  • scooter Sunday, 26 August 2012, 11:26 pm

    79982

  • PJJ Sunday, 26 August 2012, 11:32 pm

    ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS!

    And.. 125 thousand words.

  • Dave McKeown Sunday, 26 August 2012, 11:39 pm

    115,560
    cheers!

  • Student Cyclist Sunday, 26 August 2012, 11:54 pm

    88000

  • TJ Sunday, 26 August 2012, 11:58 pm

    165458

  • rhys Monday, 27 August 2012, 12:38 am

    172,500 words. I’m from Australia so if postage is going to kill you, happy for you to post it to a local.

  • Jay Monday, 27 August 2012, 12:40 am

    1405

  • a different ben Monday, 27 August 2012, 12:51 am

    bmx! No wait, MTB?
    My guess is 121456.

  • DanB Monday, 27 August 2012, 1:04 am

    129,205

  • andym Monday, 27 August 2012, 1:10 am

    27000

  • QOM Monday, 27 August 2012, 1:30 am

    122500

  • Andrew Lowe Monday, 27 August 2012, 1:59 am

    95010

  • Peddling Profe Monday, 27 August 2012, 2:32 am

    71,000

  • Brian W Monday, 27 August 2012, 2:54 am

    107,805

  • Tim Monday, 27 August 2012, 3:08 am

    350,000 words

  • Vanilla_Thrilla Monday, 27 August 2012, 3:15 am

    99,680

  • Jean A Monday, 27 August 2012, 3:25 am

    102,000

  • Mark Monday, 27 August 2012, 4:04 am

    124875

  • Courtnie Monday, 27 August 2012, 4:16 am

    140,321.

  • xyxax Monday, 27 August 2012, 4:36 am

    I think @Rodney and I had the same google approach.
    I’ll guess 72001.

  • Andy Monday, 27 August 2012, 4:42 am

    147200

  • Matthias Bonjour Monday, 27 August 2012, 4:45 am

    How long is due course? I’ve been waiting for the book to be cheaper here in the states and I’d buy it, but I’d love to win it!

    Incidentally, Millar’s stage win in the Tour was pure gold!

  • muhua33 Monday, 27 August 2012, 5:15 am

    162 words in this story I’m guessing.

  • JJ Monday, 27 August 2012, 6:16 am

    91,000

  • Olympique Briochin Monday, 27 August 2012, 6:33 am

    159,200.

  • chris Monday, 27 August 2012, 6:35 am

    125,077

  • Micycle Monday, 27 August 2012, 7:43 am

    69,281

  • David W Monday, 27 August 2012, 7:46 am

    68,805

  • bikenerd Monday, 27 August 2012, 8:37 am

    169,319 words. Thanks inrng, for an enlightening and well-written column, every single day.

  • Ben Monday, 27 August 2012, 8:58 am

    95,000 ?

  • Daniel S Monday, 27 August 2012, 9:04 am

    109,296

  • Erik B. Monday, 27 August 2012, 9:24 am

    at least 140,501 words.

  • cjsm Monday, 27 August 2012, 9:33 am

    110,750

  • Les Monday, 27 August 2012, 10:09 am

    I’ll go with 171 171 words

  • Tony Fenn Monday, 27 August 2012, 10:25 am

    97,851

  • Angus Macdonald Monday, 27 August 2012, 10:35 am

    113431

  • Papageno Monday, 27 August 2012, 10:54 am

    2,000,000 words.
    Thanks inrng, for an enlightening and well-written column, every single day.

  • Nick Monday, 27 August 2012, 11:05 am

    162,435

  • Kim Monday, 27 August 2012, 11:12 am

    75630

  • łukasz Monday, 27 August 2012, 11:28 am

    149,700

  • CyclingIsLife Monday, 27 August 2012, 11:31 am

    My answer would be 80450 words

  • Jason Bailey Monday, 27 August 2012, 12:16 pm

    92000 words.

  • Bisi Monday, 27 August 2012, 12:17 pm

    97653 words

  • Peter Monday, 27 August 2012, 12:19 pm

    98.500

  • NickP Monday, 27 August 2012, 12:21 pm

    158489

  • Martin Monday, 27 August 2012, 12:30 pm

    116610

  • Tom Monday, 27 August 2012, 12:51 pm

    99 999 maybe.
    Thanks,
    Tom
    Glasgow

  • Joe Monday, 27 August 2012, 12:56 pm

    157

  • clyde the pointer Monday, 27 August 2012, 1:07 pm

    94, 582

  • Liam McGarry Monday, 27 August 2012, 1:17 pm

    140136

  • Alex Monday, 27 August 2012, 1:26 pm

    138429

  • Andy W Monday, 27 August 2012, 1:28 pm

    120053

  • GG Monday, 27 August 2012, 1:49 pm

    193456

  • HOH Monday, 27 August 2012, 1:56 pm

    Miller penned 140,000. His editor probably added a bit more. Got the book anyway. What’s the answer to the last quiz btw?

    • The Inner Ring Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 5:16 pm

      A yellow long wheelbase Land Rover.

      • HOH Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 9:37 pm

        Cheers. Seems like I’ve got some catch up reading to do.

  • ShaunG Monday, 27 August 2012, 1:56 pm

    92,000.

    250 words per page x 368 pages. Am I close?

  • Marcin Wojtowicz Monday, 27 August 2012, 1:58 pm

    175560

  • Gareth Allen Monday, 27 August 2012, 2:05 pm

    130000

  • Dave Monday, 27 August 2012, 2:26 pm

    Love the blog read it every day, great job. 127,660

  • Asger BN Monday, 27 August 2012, 3:00 pm

    I’ll go for 120.001

  • AsgerBN Monday, 27 August 2012, 3:01 pm

    I’ll go for 120.001

  • Person who would love to read this book Monday, 27 August 2012, 3:07 pm

    100,001?

  • Neil Monday, 27 August 2012, 3:21 pm

    157,376

  • Andy A Monday, 27 August 2012, 3:28 pm

    155520

  • Stu Monday, 27 August 2012, 3:31 pm

    110000

  • SD Shift Monday, 27 August 2012, 3:45 pm

    80640

  • Alexs Monday, 27 August 2012, 3:50 pm

    172346

  • freddy Monday, 27 August 2012, 4:35 pm

    112509

  • dan bunting Monday, 27 August 2012, 5:00 pm

    140,000 words – I’m probably tooooo late to contribute, but I would Love to read his book. Thanks for the offer.

  • Nels Monday, 27 August 2012, 5:06 pm

    23,773

  • Seth Monday, 27 August 2012, 5:22 pm

    168,206 words.

  • Noah, age 9 Monday, 27 August 2012, 6:08 pm

    180,000 words

  • Dan-o Monday, 27 August 2012, 6:59 pm

    91273

  • Nick Monday, 27 August 2012, 7:03 pm

    140,000

  • G Francis Monday, 27 August 2012, 7:16 pm

    104,100

  • Joel Monday, 27 August 2012, 8:35 pm

    71000

  • TheBigBean Monday, 27 August 2012, 10:39 pm

    110401

  • RayG Monday, 27 August 2012, 10:40 pm

    159453

  • Rob Monday, 27 August 2012, 11:05 pm

    113,850

  • Mick Monday, 27 August 2012, 11:30 pm

    hmmmm…. 112,777….

  • Rick Chasey Monday, 27 August 2012, 11:30 pm

    150,000

  • Gianni Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 12:17 am

    152,000

  • Atomic EPO Cafe Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 12:59 am

    166,666

  • C Grade Cyclist Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 3:29 am

    I’m guessing 123,456 words… 🙂

  • Kento Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 5:25 am

    171,500 for me

  • Holly Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 9:13 am

    108,500

  • Ben Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 10:35 am

    112,710 for me please.

  • Geoff Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 10:45 am

    157,474
    Great book.

  • Wyndy Cyclist Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 12:21 pm

    123774

  • xcr Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 1:10 pm

    492 000

  • Ben Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 2:26 pm

    136,000 words.

  • Nick Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 3:31 pm

    I’ll tilt at 128,800 words…

    • Nick Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 3:32 pm

      Oops, and here it is with an email address…

  • Andrew Hudson Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 4:50 pm

    175,311

  • Bongo Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 5:14 pm

    136,223

  • London Saint Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 5:52 pm

    176120

  • The Inner Ring Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 8:21 pm

    125,000 is the word count according to the publisher. A coin flip between PJJ and LCD Abdujaparov…

    Coin says… LCD Abdujaparov.

    Thanks for all the entries. I have another book – a different one – to give away soon and it comes with some bonus extras.

  • Joshua Kohel Wednesday, 29 August 2012, 6:30 am

    47,465