It was a hard night in Moosejaw, Sask. for Montreal siblings Adam and Andrea Cavaleri. Despite the Amazing Race Canada (Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CTV) team proving they were strong competitors for several legs now, ultimately it was their strength that did them in. That’s because rival team Korey and Ivana U-Turned the siblings “out of fear” and in order to give themselves an edge, forcing Adam and Andrea to complete both of the night’s Detours. Sadly they were unable to eventually catch up to the rest of the pack, and the U-Turn resulted in a last place finish.
And unlike last week, Tuesday night’s episode was indeed an elimination leg, meaning that Adam and Andrea were sadly sent home. That leaves Korey and Ivana, Karen and Bert, Kenneth and Ryan and Sam and Paul in the final four next week when the show heads to Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
We caught up with the brother and sister duo hot off their elimination, where they revealed the moment they knew they were going to come in last place, when they realized they had a target on their backs, and how their parents have reacted to watching them compete in this race.
What went wrong?
Andrea: It’s hard to say what didn’t work out, because you don’t want to blame it on the U-Turn… but it was the U-Turn. Throughout the race we didn’t really struggle too much with the challenges except maybe the band one, but every team struggled with that challenge. And so everything was going smoothly, but maybe we should have chosen the auction challenge first.
Adam: It’s no secret that what we were struggling with the whole way was navigation, but there wasn’t really one challenge that really hurt us throughout the race. The U-Turn was the final nail in the coffin for us.
How far behind Korey and Ivana were you?
Adam: I would guess a solid 30 minutes. We don’t know for sure. Going back to that soup challenge, we had a chance to catch up there when their sculpture fell, and then ours fell. And then it fell again. And again. And again.
Andrea: Ours fell four-to-five times during that challenge.
Adam, we definitely saw you lose your cool during that soup-stacking challenge — what was going through your head?
Adam: I did lose my cool, which isn’t that bad of a thing, considering we went nine legs before losing my cool. What was going through my head? I hate to say it, but I was thinking that this was probably it. That it was over at that point. Defeat was going through my head. Andrea quickly changed that for me, she’s been a bit of a cheerleader through this, reminding me that it’s never over.
Have you had a chance to talk things over with Korey and Ivana since?
Andrea: Yeah! We get it, it’s a game. Especially watching it now, we knew we were a strong team but watching it back, we really realized what a strong team we were. You don’t know when you’re in it, you just know standings. If we were in their position we would have done the same thing. It made sense.
Adam: They feel more badly than we do. They apologized again last night!
You don’t think that being a strong team would be a downfall, but in this case it kind of was your downfall.
Adam: When we won the first leg in Bangkok we still didn’t see ourselves being a threat, and then when we won that second leg back-to-back in Ottawa, that’s when we said it’s good, but we definitely have a target on our backs at this point. Watching the series throughout the summer we definitely saw that. We didn’t do too bad. We had a bigger target on our back than expected. I was shocked by the U-Turn but watching the series I’m no longer that shocked.
We don’t really use maps anymore with our phones and navigation systems, what was your trick to doing it successfully?
Andrea: We actually looked at maps before the race — very briefly — but we had decided at the beginning I would be the driver, because I am horrible at reading maps and reading in general, so I just wanted to follow orders. But we quickly switched that. Someone has to navigate your way and that person is in the backseat… reading a map alone is difficult.
Adam: There aren’t newer maps that are being made today. So the maps we were getting, we were getting at the car rental places, and they were very ordinary maps without a lot of street names on them, so that was definitely a challenge.
What was the worst thing physically that happened to you?
Andrea: Jumping off the bridge. I’m scared of heights and this is something I would never ever do. I was really worried about my knee throughout the race, so to put that into the mix? I was worried about my knee even when we got accepted to do the race. We still weren’t completely sure if we were going to do it up until maybe a week or two weeks before we left.
Adam: I’d say the challenge right out of the gate in Vancouver, doing that tightrope across the Fairmont Hotel. I’m not a fan of heights but I knew it would come up, because height challenges usually do. But it was a blessing to get that out of the way right away.
What’s the trick to running this race with a sibling, who maybe knows how to push your buttons more than most?
Adam: We definitely know how to push each other’s buttons, but we weren’t doing that in a bad way on the race. Whenever there was a challenge that was eating up at me she’d pick me up and I’d do the same with her. There’s nobody else that you can rely on during this race except for your partner. If you start butting heads with your partner you’ll be out really early.
Andrea: We were actually surprised at how well we got along. Yeah you argue and everything growing up, but I think we’re at the part in our lives where we both wanted the same thing in the race–to win it–and we weren’t going to try and get on each other’s nerves.
What has been your parents’ reaction to watching you guys?
Andrea: Our mom like, freaks out every single episode. They’re both on the edge of their seats but they’re also really proud of us. Seeing us smiling, even at the end, our mom was the most concerned we would come back home unhappy or discouraged. But as soon as she sees us smiling she’s fine, and we were smiling the whole series.
Adam: They’ve been enjoying it as much as we have; they’ve been riding this wave with us. That goes for all of our friends and family actually. We’ve had these viewing parties and it’s been a hell of a ride.
Maybe one day we’ll have a Montreal winner, huh?
Andrea: Ugh. I wanted it to be us!
Adam: But we had a Montreal leg-winner. I don’t know if that’s happened in the past so at least we’re getting there.