The Amazing Race Canada‘s lone husband-and-wife team were officially done on Wednesday night following the show’s first trip to India. Tempers flared, patience was tested and a rickshaw through the clogged streets of Kolkata had seemingly invincible brothers Gino and Jesse just edging out Brian and Cynthia Boyd.
The Loop caught up with Brian and Cynthia the morning after their big elimination to get the details of what went wrong and where they go from here.
When you hit the mat, Jon asked if you thought you were still in the Race and you said you were. Was that because of his poker face or did you legitimately believe you still had a shot?
Cynthia: When we hit that mat, we thought that we were not last just because we did very well with the rickshaw. The traffic and the taxi was all crazy, we were at a standstill, but we thought that was happening to all the teams. So hearing the words coming out of Jon’s mouth, it really didn’t register.
The editing made it look really tight. Do you know how far behind Gino and Jesse you actually were?
Cynthia: We can’t say, I don’t know if it was a couple of minutes. It wasn’t long, that’s for sure. This Race is so unpredictable. You never know if something out of control is going to happen and that’s what makes the Race exciting to watch.
All the people, the traffic, that frenetic energy, it’s obviously so different from Canada but you two, in particular, were really out of your element. Describe what was going through your heads in Kolkata.
Brian: Things were chaotic. There was a lot going on simultaneously. The traffic, the honking, the people bumping into you. We can handle that, we’ve been in that element whether it be the Canadian Armed Forces or as police officers; I just don’t like being there.
Cynthia: I think with our professions, we’re so aware of our surroundings so our perception level is that much higher and we’re on alert. So when you have your back to thousands of people in a crowd, that was not comfortable for us. We were getting pushed and bumped and that is not a situation we like to put ourselves in.
After the elimination, what was the first thing you guys did?
Cynthia: The very first thing, shower and probably had a beer — in the shower. A beer and a shower were the top two priorities there [laughs].
What’s the reaction been like back home so far?
Brian: Back home, our peers and family and friends have been very supportive, calling us after each episode, congratulating us, saying we represented well. It’s been positive.
Cynthia: We reaffirmed so many things, our relationship, the beauty of Canada, our love to travel. It was kind of a bittersweet moment in India in that we were on a show and wanted to win but we lost a very close friend, a co-worker that exact day we were eliminated. He lost a very courageous battle and we just lost a TV show so it really put things into perspective.
What were your proudest moments from the Race?
Brian: I’ll never forget that first episode, Cynthia making her way across that log and not quitting. I was very, very proud of her.
That was amazing, by the way.
Brian: Definitely. Cynthia’s amazing. That’s what she does. She falls down, she gets up, and she does it. I’ll always remember that moment.
Cynthia: Making it through each and every leg, some things you’re better at than others. I was super-proud of Brian in Chile, the Rapa Nui dance where I called him Tarzan, Brian’s inner energy bunny came out. We strategized beforehand that if something was out of our comfort zone we’d just give it our all. We weren’t good at it but we truly gave it our all. We also didn’t take any penalties and didn’t give up.
Brian, what was more frustrating — the trampolining or trying to catch a cab in India?
Brian: Wow. The cab because it kept happening over and over again. Though they were equally frustrating.
Have you gone to any trampoline parks since?
Brian: No, but maybe once I get over this and everything calms down a bit, I might take up some trampolining. And some yoga, just to relax.
How about you Cynthia? Diving down for the lobsters or the episode in Sudbury, with the Analyze and CPR challenges, what was more maddening?
Cynthia: Probably the diving. We love beer so we chose lobster. If we had chosen differently, I think that would’ve changed the outcome on the mat. But for some reason, I thought we were going to be pulling lobsters out of cages and using our upper body strength — not diving. I love to swim, snorkel, but I don’t dive in salt water. Never have. So that was most frustrating.
What did you learn about each other through all this?
Cynthia: It just reaffirms I made the right decision marrying my best friend. We’re loyal, we’re super-supportive. We’ve been through thick and thin, good times, bad times, but our relationship is super-strong. We’ve been together for 20 years. We’re real people and I think that came through.
Is there any team you’re not-so-secretly rooting for?
Cynthia: There were 12 dynamic teams. You’ve seen teams at the front of the pack go to the back of the pack. It’s just ping-ponging all over the place. I think any team has a chance to win this. We’re just sad it’s not us anymore.
You’re still in the race for Fuel Your Team fan prize race, so why should people vote for you?
Brian: I think Cynthia and I represent a strong cross-section of Canada as a whole in that we’re hard-working, humble, loyal Canadians. We love our country.