It’s Millar Time – Book Giveaway

Sunday, 26 August 2012

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.

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{ 169 comments }

Oliver August 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm

40,000?

Rodney August 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm

72,000

Jon Karlin August 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm

64,001

Billy McLennan August 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm

52,ooo

Matthias Bonjour August 26, 2012 at 5:41 pm

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

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

140.000 but you can keep the book.

Constantine August 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I’ll go for 128800.

Jeff August 26, 2012 at 6:10 pm

68,209

LCD Abdoujaparov August 26, 2012 at 6:15 pm

125,000

Seb August 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm

77753

Erik August 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm

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

Ankush August 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm

62,000

ChrisG August 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm

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

Bart August 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I think 134400

gilbert August 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm

254.ooo

@wandervb August 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Let’s say 116550 words!

Sig August 26, 2012 at 6:19 pm

91,072

Pirate Maboule August 26, 2012 at 6:19 pm

The Price is Right!

monadott August 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm

92.000

dmru August 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm

109.995 words.

daniel August 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Constantine ; )

Going for 13375

Matt August 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm

102,500

Jenise August 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm

143,400

OxChris August 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm

90,000!

ThoreRK August 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm

92,066

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

145,320

Iorekb August 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm

let’s go for 149793 words

jack August 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm

78,654

Roxanne August 26, 2012 at 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 August 26, 2012 at 6:45 pm

98,250

KubaWinter August 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm

160.000?

James West August 26, 2012 at 6:48 pm

180,000

Reno August 26, 2012 at 6:48 pm

99,999

Tyler August 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I’ll take 168,000 please.

mmre August 26, 2012 at 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 August 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm

122,500

Paul August 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm

131,250

Gospina August 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm

182,500

jedroll August 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm

128880

Ronan August 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm

145876

alex August 26, 2012 at 7:32 pm

177400

v7 August 26, 2012 at 7:38 pm

185000

Christian August 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm

165.000

Mike August 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm

92,000 words

Mike August 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm

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

93,001

david August 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm

165,000

Matt N. August 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm

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

Peter August 26, 2012 at 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 August 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm

167313

Matt August 26, 2012 at 8:31 pm

166,000

haps August 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm

190.203

Emil August 26, 2012 at 8:42 pm

174,000!
Thanks for the chance.

Chrisman August 26, 2012 at 9:08 pm

131,000

Peter August 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm

147, 200

Peter August 26, 2012 at 9:20 pm

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

Peter August 26, 2012 at 9:20 pm

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

cykeltyven August 26, 2012 at 9:36 pm

130130

packfill August 26, 2012 at 9:42 pm

128,364

Reuben August 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm

77,381

Freek August 26, 2012 at 9:52 pm

100.250

Geoffrey August 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm

80,257

fbleagh August 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm

70,000

Angry Elf August 26, 2012 at 10:03 pm

107,859

ave August 26, 2012 at 10:11 pm

89765

lucian August 26, 2012 at 10:14 pm

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

The Inner Ring August 26, 2012 at 11:37 pm

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

Dan August 26, 2012 at 10:25 pm

172500

AW August 26, 2012 at 10:41 pm

90,500

Mark August 26, 2012 at 10:54 pm

139,877 words

Dan August 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm

113,425

scooter August 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm

79982

PJJ August 26, 2012 at 11:32 pm

ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS!

And.. 125 thousand words.

Dave McKeown August 26, 2012 at 11:39 pm

115,560
cheers!

Student Cyclist August 26, 2012 at 11:54 pm

88000

TJ August 26, 2012 at 11:58 pm

165458

rhys August 27, 2012 at 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 August 27, 2012 at 12:40 am

1405

a different ben August 27, 2012 at 12:51 am

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

DanB August 27, 2012 at 1:04 am

129,205

andym August 27, 2012 at 1:10 am

27000

QOM August 27, 2012 at 1:30 am

122500

Andrew Lowe August 27, 2012 at 1:59 am

95010

Peddling Profe August 27, 2012 at 2:32 am

71,000

Brian W August 27, 2012 at 2:54 am

107,805

Tim August 27, 2012 at 3:08 am

350,000 words

Vanilla_Thrilla August 27, 2012 at 3:15 am

99,680

Jean A August 27, 2012 at 3:25 am

102,000

Mark August 27, 2012 at 4:04 am

124875

Courtnie August 27, 2012 at 4:16 am

140,321.

xyxax August 27, 2012 at 4:36 am

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

Andy August 27, 2012 at 4:42 am

147200

Matthias Bonjour August 27, 2012 at 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 August 27, 2012 at 5:15 am

162 words in this story I’m guessing.

JJ August 27, 2012 at 6:16 am

91,000

Olympique Briochin August 27, 2012 at 6:33 am

159,200.

chris August 27, 2012 at 6:35 am

125,077

Micycle August 27, 2012 at 7:43 am

69,281

David W August 27, 2012 at 7:46 am

68,805

bikenerd August 27, 2012 at 8:37 am

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

Ben August 27, 2012 at 8:58 am

95,000 ?

Daniel S August 27, 2012 at 9:04 am

109,296

Erik B. August 27, 2012 at 9:24 am

at least 140,501 words.

cjsm August 27, 2012 at 9:33 am

110,750

Les August 27, 2012 at 10:09 am

I’ll go with 171 171 words

Tony Fenn August 27, 2012 at 10:25 am

97,851

Angus Macdonald August 27, 2012 at 10:35 am

113431

Papageno August 27, 2012 at 10:54 am

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

Nick August 27, 2012 at 11:05 am

162,435

Kim August 27, 2012 at 11:12 am

75630

łukasz August 27, 2012 at 11:28 am

149,700

CyclingIsLife August 27, 2012 at 11:31 am

My answer would be 80450 words

Jason Bailey August 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm

92000 words.

Bisi August 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm

97653 words

Peter August 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm

98.500

NickP August 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm

158489

Martin August 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm

116610

Tom August 27, 2012 at 12:51 pm

99 999 maybe.
Thanks,
Tom
Glasgow

Joe August 27, 2012 at 12:56 pm

157

clyde the pointer August 27, 2012 at 1:07 pm

94, 582

Liam McGarry August 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm

140136

Alex August 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm

138429

Andy W August 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm

120053

GG August 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm

193456

HOH August 27, 2012 at 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 August 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm

A yellow long wheelbase Land Rover.

HOH August 28, 2012 at 9:37 pm

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

ShaunG August 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm

92,000.

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

Marcin Wojtowicz August 27, 2012 at 1:58 pm

175560

Gareth Allen August 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm

130000

Dave August 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

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

Asger BN August 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I’ll go for 120.001

AsgerBN August 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I’ll go for 120.001

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

100,001?

Neil August 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm

157,376

Andy A August 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm

155520

Stu August 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

110000

SD Shift August 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm

80640

Alexs August 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm

172346

freddy August 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm

112509

dan bunting August 27, 2012 at 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 August 27, 2012 at 5:06 pm

23,773

Seth August 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm

168,206 words.

Noah, age 9 August 27, 2012 at 6:08 pm

180,000 words

Dan-o August 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm

91273

Nick August 27, 2012 at 7:03 pm

140,000

G Francis August 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm

104,100

Joel August 27, 2012 at 8:35 pm

71000

TheBigBean August 27, 2012 at 10:39 pm

110401

RayG August 27, 2012 at 10:40 pm

159453

Rob August 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

113,850

Mick August 27, 2012 at 11:30 pm

hmmmm…. 112,777….

Rick Chasey August 27, 2012 at 11:30 pm

150,000

Gianni August 28, 2012 at 12:17 am

152,000

Atomic EPO Cafe August 28, 2012 at 12:59 am

166,666

C Grade Cyclist August 28, 2012 at 3:29 am

I’m guessing 123,456 words… :)

Kento August 28, 2012 at 5:25 am

171,500 for me

Holly August 28, 2012 at 9:13 am

108,500

Ben August 28, 2012 at 10:35 am

112,710 for me please.

Geoff August 28, 2012 at 10:45 am

157,474
Great book.

Wyndy Cyclist August 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm

123774

xcr August 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm

492 000

Ben August 28, 2012 at 2:26 pm

136,000 words.

Nick August 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I’ll tilt at 128,800 words…

Nick August 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Oops, and here it is with an email address…

Andrew Hudson August 28, 2012 at 4:50 pm

175,311

Bongo August 28, 2012 at 5:14 pm

136,223

London Saint August 28, 2012 at 5:52 pm

176120

The Inner Ring August 28, 2012 at 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 August 29, 2012 at 6:30 am

47,465

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