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With one Canada-wide race in the bag and halfway through its second, The Amazing Race Canada has been, well, amazing. Its inaugural year showed Canadians just how beautiful our country is while Season 2 went international and ventured to Asia.

In the after-show special, After the Race, TSN’s James Duthie united the eliminated teams of the season thus far, and looked back at the best moments from the first half of the season. We, on the other hand, have re-examined all of the challenges in the entire series and ranked the most demanding and difficult Roadblocks, Detours and Speed Bumps the teams have ever faced.

11. Artsy-fartsy

Extreme ranking: 2

calligraphy

For the Detour, in Vancouver’s Chinatown, teams had to choose between Dance It or Draw It. Dancing a traditional lion dance in costume sounds bad, but it was memorizing a symbol representing one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac, then reproducing it with a calligraphy brush that was a beast (tiger, dragon, rat, whatever).

lion king

10. Make your bed, make that catch

Extreme ranking: 2 and 4, respectively

rcmp

The Roadblock in Regina had teams going through the recruitment process of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Dressed in cadet uniforms, each team was assigned a room and had to place clothes in the closet, ensure their cabinets were neat and they had to make their bed — meeting RCMP’s high standards. Sounds easy, but it was rough.

cat military

In the Detour for that same leg, the teams had to choose between Brawn (football drills and catching a touchdown pass) and Beauty (learning a choreographed cheerleader routine). While some teams were strong, it was anything but pretty.

cheerleading

9. Crêpe it right

Extreme ranking: 4

crepes

The Roadblock in Quebec City had the teams making crêpes with specific ingredients and had to be served to the customers precisely. Crêpes aren’t easy, even when you are super-savvy and creative in the kitchen.

amelie

8. Rock it out

Extreme ranking: 5

rex rocks

It’s one thing to get up in front of a bunch of strangers and perform a song. But to do it sober AND to a ditty you just learned is another. And if you don’t impress the unruly crowd, it can knock you right out of the race. Just ask Rex and Bob.

cheers

7. If you build it, the clue will come

Extreme ranking: 5

igloo

The teams hit Nunavut and for the Detour, teams had to choose between Harpoon Hunter and Igloo Builder. Dragging your partner on a sled for a kilometre across the tundra, then hitting a target with a harpoon was a stroll in the snow compared to the teams that opted to build an igloo that could withstand an arctic night.

igloo 2

6. Doggy style

Extreme ranking: 6

dog cart

The Detour in St John’s was a toughie, with teams having to recount a story, word for word, that was just told to them by two fisherman using Newfoundland slang. The other was no picnic either, requiring teams to load up a cart filled with dozens of eggs and bottles of milk and getting a giant dog to pull it up a steep street without damaging the goods.

frustrated

5. Epic hockey fail

Extreme ranking: 6

natalie miss

It was the challenge that was supposed to put Natalie and Meaghan back on top: Hockey. Get the pucks in all five openings, including the notorious five-hole. After 57 attempts, Spooner finally got it — after two other teams beat them. Not a great showing for the Olympic gold medalists. Even Mick E. Moose couldn’t watch.

garfield

4. Ogopogo dive

Extreme ranking: 6

diving

The first Roadblock of the series took place in Kelowna, where one team member had to put on diving gear, dive to the bottom of Lake Okanagan and find the statue of Ogopogo where they would find their next clue. If you were a swimmer, it was a breeze. If you weren’t, you had to dig deep, take a giant breath and try not to cry.

crying underwater

3. Hang 10, dudes

Extreme ranking: 7

rob surfing

Teams had to balance a surfboard on their bikes and ride to a beach where one person had to surf a wave for a minimum of three seconds while their partner videoed their effort. Cowabunga!

totally

2. High flying

Extreme ranking: 8

The Roadblock in Macau had one team member bungee-jumping 764 feet off the Macau Tower. If you were afraid of heights, this was a rough one. If you were a daredevil, you loved every second of it.

bungee sharktopus

1. Bike and release

Extreme ranking: 10

biathlon

Perhaps the most challenging leg to date, the teams headed to the Yukon and had to either ride a dog sled or set up a very precise campsite. After that Detour, it was a biathlon Roadblock that turned the game upside down. The team member tasked with the job had to bike a one-kilometre loop in the woods before taking aim at five targets. If any of the five were missed, they had to bike the loop again to earn five more rounds. And so on. And so on. The toughest and one of the most emotional, heart-breaking episodes. Ever.

seth shooting

To catch more epic challenges be sure to watch The Amazing Race Canada Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.