# Cavendish IQ Giveaway Competition

Mark Cavendish’s new book “At Speed” is out and the publishers asked if I was interested in giving away a copy in a competition.In fact the lucky winner will get the book and a signed team jersey and two other podium finishers will get a copy of the book each.

Now online competitions are too easy with Google so I like to pick a question that you can’t you the answer to… but you can guess.

Not having read “Boy Racer” I’m aiming to read this, my appetite whetted by Daniel Friebe’s plugging on the Humans Invent podcast. But here’s a way to get the book faster than me…

You’ll know Mark Cavendish as the best sprinter in recent years although I think it’ll be fascinating to see how he copes with rivalry from Marcel Kittel and others. “Cav” has never had the peloton’s biggest power output but has made up for this with high leg speed, an aero position and a sharp sense of positioning. He recently explained the art of sprinting to The Telegraph:

“For me, it’s like a calculation, a series of movements, a series of chess moves. Not thinking, not having to react. Just reacting. By the time we start the sprint, my heart rate is probably 20 or 30 beats slower than the other guys. So many cyclists train their bodies. They don’t train their mind. I constantly do puzzle books. Smash through them. My iPad’s full of them. Logic puzzles. Bridges. Slitherlink.”

He pulls an iPad out of his bag. A picture of his wife Peta adorns the background screen as he opens up his latest puzzle, a variation on Sudoku.

“Hanidoku. You’ve got this honeycomb. Every single line has to have a consecutive run of numbers. Could be one to five, could be two to six. So there’s got to be a five here, because there’s a four there, but it can’t go with another five. Do you see?”

Does he do puzzles to nurture his cycling brain, or are both symptoms of his basic inquisitive intelligence? “A bit of both. Like, I play Scrabble against random opponents, and if I lose that I’m as pissed off as if I lose a Tour de France stage.”

Is he a genius? “Last time I did an IQ test I was, yeah.”

I’ve picked a question only a few people know: What is Mark Cavendish’s IQ score?

The Rules

• Please give your guess by comment only so I don’t have to collate emails and tweets
• Post under any pseudonym you like, I will only need the name and address should you win
• If there’s a tie then it’ll go to a random generator
• All picks need to be in by Wednesday at midday, Euro time.
• The goodies will be posted anywhere in the world

## 597 thoughts on “Cavendish IQ Giveaway Competition”

1. 167

2. 142

3. 174

4. 136

5. 161

6. 146

7. 132

8. 152

9. 144

10. 145

11. 140

12. 135

13. 160?

14. 170

15. 154 ?

16. 150

17. 171

18. 169

19. 139

20. 134

21. 141

22. 139

23. 143

24. 164

25. 143

26. 128

27. 162

28. 146

29. 137

30. 145

31. 143

32. 149

33. 135

34. 105

35. 144

36. 133

37. 144

38. 137.

39. 147

40. 158

41. 129

42. 148

43. 133

44. 156

45. 161

46. 153

47. 162

48. 163

49. Oooh, no-one has said 151 yet, so I will.

151

50. 126

51. 134

52. 171

53. 128

54. 147

55. 98

56. 181

57. 157

58. 189

59. 159

60. 138

61. 155

62. 155

63. 143

64. 153

65. 155

66. 176

67. 132

68. 132

69. 148

70. 131

71. 154

72. 142

73. 144

74. 138

75. 155

76. 141

77. 162

78. 138

79. He’s a genius, so i guess 148

80. 158

81. 161

82. 131

83. 161

84. 147

85. 172

86. 125

87. 148

88. 157

89. 152

90. 153

91. 141

92. 133

93. 119

94. Dammit, everything plausible is gone! That’ll teach me to log on at lunchtime. So, I’ll duplicate and say:

151

• Duplicates are OK as if there’s a tie it goes into a pick (no mystery: I paste the names into Excel and use a random function)

• 156

95. 142

96. 134

97. 149

98. 151

99. 150

Inrng, how are you going to find his IQ, give him a test?!

100. 147

101. 53×11

102. 145

103. 126

104. 137

105. 110

106. 161

107. 145

108. 17699

109. 175

110. 138

111. 151

112. 141

113. 108

114. 121

115. 151

116. 143

117. 146

118. 165

119. 147

120. 164

121. 146

122. 151

123. 138

124. 123

125. 147

126. 147

127. 119

128. 167

129. 150

130. 152

131. 115

132. 132

133. 146

134. 162

135. 136

136. 185

137. 168

138. 144

139. 163

140. 137

141. 143

142. 154

143. 151

144. 127

145. 152

146. 1 – price is right style…

147. 148

148. 144.

149. 150

150. 142

151. 162

152. 142

153. 131

154. 149

155. 168.

156. 175

157. 172

158. 137

159. 136

160. 166

161. 142

162. 127

163. 149

164. 154

165. 166

166. 158

167. 165

168. 157

169. 132

170. 142

171. 128

172. 143

173. 142.

174. 146

175. 163

176. 149

177. 153

178. 124

179. 151

180. 168

181. As easy as:
123

182. 161

183. 137

184. 157

185. 142

186. 141

187. 141

188. 97

189. 143

190. 148

191. 145

192. 129

193. 138

194. 139

195. 134

196. 143

197. 179

198. 27.

199. 135

200. 130

201. 134

202. 146

203. 148

204. 147

205. 131

206. 156

207. 165

208. 134

209. I’m going to say 130

210. 136

211. 135 – thanks!

Steve

212. 153

213. 132

214. 157

215. 145

216. 139!

217. 141

218. 128

219. 145

220. 118

221. 142

222. 148

223. 152

224. 149

225. 163

226. 138

227. 146

228. 140

229. 121

230. 151

231. 152

232. 154

233. 154

234. 126

235. 167

236. 142

237. 173

238. 152

239. 144

240. 147

241. 132

242. 170

243. 148

244. 169

245. 138

246. 145

247. 162

248. 172

249. 137

250. 152

251. 145

252. 123

253. 140

254. 110 (Not a genius)

255. 124

256. 165

257. 100

258. 152

259. 133

260. I’d say 159

261. 162

262. 143

263. 128

264. 154 – A very cool question

265. Given his dreadful command of language I’d be surprised if he scratched 80.

• +1!

266. 142

267. 133

268. 152 – being the average of all 267 guesses so far

269. 157

270. 123 🙂

271. 132 🙂

272. 162

273. 156

274. 153

275. 117

276. 122

277. 137

278. 139

279. 151

280. 146

281. 137

282. 160

283. 143

284. 168

285. 167

286. 143, clever competition

287. 124

288. 117

289. 106

290. 119

291. 168

292. 144

293. 122

294. 163

295. 144

296. 168

297. 128

298. 169… Hehe

299. 55

300. 152

301. 156

302. 128

303. 169

304. 164 for me.

This shows how many lurkers there are here, me included!

Thanks Inner Ring, please keep up the good work

305. 145

306. 133

307. 120

308. 142

309. 161

310. 163

311. 153

312. 166

313. 135

314. 142

315. 147

316. 0

317. 142

318. 1000

319. 157

320. 144

321. 135

322. 141

323. 137

324. 120

325. 159

326. 162

327. 122

328. 134

329. 142

330. 136

331. 160

332. 127

333. 125

334. 85

335. 152

336. 141

337. 142

338. 128

339. 153

340. 148

341. its 102

342. 151

343. 158

344. 141

345. 147

346. 151

347. 152

348. 163

349. 145

350. 158

351. 147

352. 157

353. 129

354. 143

355. 134

356. 153

357. 128

358. 122

359. 162

360. 169

361. 157

362. 129

363. My guess is room temperature F.
Social skills IQ = 0
Is he a genius? “Last time I did an IQ test I was, yeah.”
Does he study for these?

364. 116

365. 133

366. 153

367. 164.

368. IQ – 147

369. 76

370. 151

371. 123

372. 111

373. 154

374. 128

Nic

375. Oops… 128 without being anonymous this time!

Nic

376. 153

377. 145

378. 123

379. 150

380. 153

381. 119

382. 148

383. 134

384. 140

385. 149

386. 118

387. 147

388. 133

389. 149

390. 126

391. 168

392. 153

393. 148

394. 131

395. 113

396. 152

397. 137

398. 114

399. 138

400. 137

401. 157

402. 152

403. 120

404. 147

405. 156

406. 128

407. 127

408. 166

409. 151

410. 162

411. 137

412. 137

413. 141

414. 146

415. 137

416. 145

417. 158

418. 158

419. 124 brohaim

420. 148

421. 155

422. 154

423. 173

424. 161

425. 144

426. 154

427. 125
He’s a bike racer; a damn good one, but “Genius” would be a stretch, right? 125 might even be to liberal.

428. 149

429. 127

430. 145

431. 168

432. 128

433. 133

434. 131

435. 142

If it were 75 he’d hardly be letting you broadcast it here !

436. 144

437. 148

438. 126

439. 152

440. 158

441. 166

442. 177

443. 146

444. 127

445. 149

446. 138

447. 144

448. 156!

449. 151.like me

450. 135

451. 146

452. 122

453. 153 😛

454. 162

455. 141

456. 146

457. 156

458. 133

459. 142

460. 143

461. 118

462. 147

463. 153

464. 152
But it is just an IQ number. He is not a genious

465. 147

466. 137

467. 171

468. 141

Higher than his EQ

469. 147

470. 132

471. 157

472. 151

• 152

473. 175

474. 157

475. 162

476. 92

477. I think he’s bright, very clever on a bike but he’s not got as high IQ as he thinks he has!

119

478. 152 ?

479. 154

480. 132

481. 178

482. 119

483. 140

484. 142

485. 152

486. 132

487. 127

488. 137

489. 106

490. 129

491. 136

492. 161

493. 122

494. 140

495. 148

496. 112

497. 131

498. 121

499. This doesn’t make any sense if we don’t know what the standard deviation is! Is it 15, 16 or even 24 (yes some tests use that)?! (and why am I the first to point this out?)

My guess (based on a SD of 15) is 142.

• You must be the first genius to answer this question.

500. 141

501. 139

502. 181

503. 185

504. 177

505. 143

506. 154

507. 111

508. 140

509. 158

510. 142

511. 143

512. 147

513. 147

514. 183

515. 172

516. 128

517. 175

518. 129

519. 138

520. 144

521. 146

522. 164

523. 127

524. 135

525. 174

526. 143

527. 130

528. 156

529. 152

530. 180.

I think everything else from 120 up is taken?!

531. 143

532. 155

533. 169

534. 148

535. 130

536. 143

537. 159

538. 147

539. 153

540. 162

541. 122

542. 158

543. 133

544. 147

545. 180

546. 176

547. 147

548. 182, I’ve got a good feeling about it.

549. 138

550. 122

551. 152

552. 119

553. 154

554. 124

555. 121

556. 127

557. 141

558. 163

559. Two tours back I think it was, I remember thinking cav must be smarter than at the very least most bike racers. His comments on a rider killed by a truck in the UK seemed so informed and thought out in comparison to those made by other UK riders. I guess he’s actually smarter than most and not just on the bike.

do you know if cav commutes by bike or just rides for his job?

And I’ll toss out 169

560. 156

561. 148

562. 109

563. 162

564. 132

565. 134

566. 140

567. A score for which, his brain or ego?

79 and 85

• Why so mean?

568. 146

569. 151

570. Well, since this is still going, I’ll throw out 187.

571. 143

572. 138

573. 150

574. 138

575. 159

576. 157

577. 151

578. 132

579. 155

580. 134?

581. 159

582. 147

583. 141

584. 140

585. 162

586. 174

587. 134

588. 153

589. A note to see “Browndog” and “Ben F” need to drop me an email to claim their prize.

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