Leg 18.05 – “I’m afraid he’ll kick me, but I might deserve it.”
The fifth Leg of the Race begins as teams open their clue to learn they will now be flying to Paris, France!
All teams will be on the same flights via Lima arriving at Paris CDG at 1:35pm.
Upon arrival in Paris, teams must figure out how to get themselves to Chateau de Vincennes.
And here, teams will encounter the first Forced Double U-Turn Vote Board of the season! And it’s Anonymous!
After casting their two U-Turn votes, teams will open the next clue which directs them to take a train to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes!
When they arrive, teams will find out their next clue will be available tomorrow morning at 8am! That clue will tell teams to drink water from the miraculous grotto to receive their next clue.
Teams must now choose a brand new 2019 Kia Niro EV and drive themselves to the Fontaine de Tarbes in the town of Tarbes.
That clue directs teams to the Haras National de Tarbes.
And here, teams will find the Double U-Turn Reveal Board!
And the Detour! Prep or Perform.
In Prep, teams must help with the care of two horses to prepare them for the Equestria Festival.
In Perform, teams will learn how to master the art of dressage, a highly skilled form of horse riding. Each team member will mount a horse and guide it through an obstacle course. If they can complete the course within eight minutes, they will receive the next clue.
This is also the Trigger Point for this Leg of the Race. If any team completes the course in under seven minutes, the U-Turn or Yield will be activated on the next Leg.
Teams must now make their way to Tarmac Aerosave in Tarbes.
Here, teams will choose a photo which shows part of an airline livery. They must then search the planes stored here and/or at the aircraft boneyard for one that matches the sample chosen. Their clue awaits below that plane.
Teams must now head to Les Aigles d’Aure in Arreau where they will find the Road Block: Who’s knot afraid of a bird of prey?
For this Road Block, teams will learn how to tie a falconer’s knot while watching a silent demonstration. A falcon will then hop on their arm and they will have 15 seconds to successfully tie the knot to receive their next clue.
That clue tells teams to find the Brotherhood of the Gateau a la Broche in Arreau.
Teams will learn how to make gataeu a la broche, or cake on a spit. Once teams have successfully gone through the long process (with delicious results), they will receive the next clue.
Teams must now drive themselves to Chapelle Notre-Dame de Penetailhade in Cadeac. They will drop off their brand new 2019 Kia Niro EVs and then search the town on foot for the next Pit Stop…
Which will be located by the creek on Chemin du Port Saint-Martin.
The first team to check in here will win P200,000 courtesy of Shell V-Power Nitro+.
The last team to check in here WILL be eliminated.
Ooo! A very full Leg in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains! I think this can be a great, full and challenging Leg for teams.
First, a simple Route Marker in Paris to enable teams to vote for the U-Turn. We of course can’t miss an opportunity to feature Paris, even if just for a moment. But also, it’s a logistical necessity to have teams at least do one Route Marker in Paris upon arrival as the rest of the Leg needs to happen the next day.
Hence the Hours of Operation in Lourdes just so we can do that. There will be a lot of driving, so a good night’s rest (or not) can ensure a good, safe Leg for teams.
Featuring Our Lady of Lourdes will of course be very relatable for the Filipino audience. They will definitely appreciate it.
The Detour at the Haras National de Tarbes is very simple and straightforward. A good spot for a forced U-Turn. But also okay in its simplicity since the Leg is very full already.
I will never pass up an opportunity to visit an aircraft boneyard! So the simple task here is good. But I’m sure there can be an even better task possible.
The Road Block is recycled from TAR Canada 6, but the Les Aigles d’Aure in Arreau is a good location and it just fit in this Leg.
The gateau a la broche is definitely something I wanted to have on TARPHDME ever since I watched this Great Big Story video:
Should be a fun, maybe tedious task. A delicious task of course. But depending on when this Leg is run, having the teams making this delicious treat in the snow should be stunning!
Finally, an extra little task with teams having to search the town of Cadeac for the Pit Stop. It’s a quaint little town that can definitely confuse and frustrate teams at the end of a long Leg. We could see lots of awesome foot races here!
Overall, a great, full and challenging Leg in France!