The popular BBC competition series Race Across the World returns to BBC for a nine part series this spring.
Five pairs of contestants will race across Canada on ground-level, travelling across six time zones – starting at the edge of the Pacific Ocean in Vancouver and ending on the finish line on the edge of the Atlantic Coast.
All of the contestants will be making the exhausting 16,000-kilometre journey in a bid to win the £20,000 cash prize.
Race Across the World contestants
Cathie (49, Company Director) and Tricia (48, Bank Clerk)
Friends Cathie and Tricia think of the challenge as “completely bonkers” but as a chance to enjoy “a break from being something to everybody, and just having some time to be selfish”.
Tricia said: “We’ve done a lot of crazy stuff together. I think because we know each other inside and out, we just had to look at each other the other day and both knew exactly what we were thinking.
“Cathie is just fun, but also sensible, she’s got brains but can also be a bit bonkers.”
Claudia (27, Product Development and Buying) and Kevin (53, Marine Canopy Maker)
Father and daughter Kevin and Claudia are excited to go on an adventure together.
Claudia explained: “I think everyone just had such an incredible time and the thing that I took away from watching the last series was how different everyone’s journeys were.
“Some teams had such special memories and experiences versus some other people that were more focused on the race.
“I think that’s what stuck out as something that’s important to me, the journey in between each leg, and that’s what I’m in it for rather than necessarily winning.”
However, Claudia does admit she will miss coffee and her friends, while Kevin will be missing his favourite tipple – Guinness.
Ladi (52, Sport and Physical Activity Professional/Consultant) and Monique (25, Event Manager)
Like many other contestants on the show, father Ladi hopes the show will give him some valuable time with his loved one – daughter Monique.
He said: “I think for me, the motivation for doing this show is that I’m going to spend quality time with my daughter that I will probably never ever get again.
“This is probably going to be the last time ever that we’re going to be like this. I need to explain to her life and everything that goes with it. So, it was a great opportunity to do that.”
After watching previous episodes, Monique believes the pair’s biggest challenge will be budgeting: “I think this time I’m going to have to be frugal, and budget, but have fun along the way, obviously.”
Marc (36, Lift Operator) and Michael (34, Manager in Children’s Services)
Marc and Michael see Race Across the World as an opportunity to strengthen their brotherly bond.
Marc said: “I think we’ve got a lot we need to sort out to be honest. We don’t know a lot about each other.
“We literally live five minutes away from each other but have found out more about each other in the last couple of days than we have in probably 10 years.”
Mobeen (31, Trauma Orthopedic Surgeon/Trainee Registrar) and Zainib (32, Psychiatrist)
Husband and wife Zainib and Mobeen travelled to the challenge in Canada after growing tired of mundane life in Manchester.
Zainib explained: “I think the both of us have always spoken about wanting to get a sense of adventure […] but then we very gradually and sort of almost insidiously slipped into this life of nine to five, working and then coming home and that sense of adventure was completely gone.
“We need to go back to the things that ignite our excitement.”
When is Race Across the World on?
The nine part series will air on BBC One and iPlayer every Wednesday from 9pm.