Race Across the World series 3: Start date, contestants and everything you need to know about the BBC’s global travel contest
The addictive travel competition returns for a long-awaited third series featuring a 16,000-kilometre coast-to-coast race across six time zones – but in a single country.
Race Across The World is back for 2023 – meet the contestants taking part here!
The hit show sees teams of contestants racing thousands of miles across the globe without using air travel or other modern technology.
After giving up their phones, internet access and credit cards, the contestants have to make their way to the finish line with just the cash equivalent of the airfare to the destination.
After a three-year wait, Race Across the World returns to BBC One for a third series of globetrotting adventures.
The competition series in which pairs of contestants embark on an epic journey without air travel or modern trappings became a smash hit with its first two series in 2019 and 2020.
Series 3 will feature five new pairs of contestants and a 16,000-kilometre challenge to travel coast-to-coast across Canada.
Here is everything you need to know about Race Across the World series 3
For 2023, the teams will travel across the length of Canada, from the very edge of the Pacific in Vancouver to more than 16,000 kilometres east to St John’s Newfoundland.
Meet the contestants below…
Race Across the World series 3 contestants
2023’s five pairs:
- Cathie and Tricia – Best friends
- Marc and Michael – Brothers
- Zainib and Mobeen – Husband and wife
- Kevin and Claudia – Father and daughter
- Ladi and Monique – Father and daughter
Race Across The World contestants
Claudia and Kevin
53-year-old Marine Canopy Maker Kevin and 27-year-old product developer Claudia from Southampton are father and daughter.
Claudia says: “I am looking for some adventure, a reason to explore and develop our relationship. An excuse to get closer to dad, spend some time together and hopefully create some incredible memories.”
Kevin adds: “I think we’ve both had bizarre lives, we’ve done a bit of travelling. It all got a bit calm so when you start seeing a programme like Race Across the World, you think, ‘Oh, my God, this is exactly what we need.’ But at the time, it’s an application form you fill out and you think there’s maybe 14 million to 1 odds. You never think it will happen to you.”
Ladi and Monique
52-year-old sport and physical activity professional Ladi from Essex and 25-year-old event manager Monique from East London are father and daughter.
Monique says of signing up: “So, I stumbled across the series and said to Dad that I reckon we can do this and it sort of just happened. My main motivations are because I love travelling, but on a holiday. So, I don’t actually travel, I’ve never owned a backpack, don’t do the whole camping thing, that’s not me. I want to challenge myself to be able to experience countries in a way that I probably never would unless it was a show like this. And who better to go with than my dad, because I feel like I need someone who’s older, wiser and knows more about the world than I do.”
Ladi adds: “I fully appreciate that answer: older, wiser, knows more about the world. 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. Yes, she’s my daughter, and she’s always around, she’s my princess, but she’s entering into her own adulthood in a way. So, 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.”
Marc and Michael
36-year-old lift operator Marc from Tamworth and 34-year-old children’s services manager Michael from West Midlands are brothers.
Michael says of signing up for the challenge: “I want to take part in it with Marc because we’ll get an opportunity to build a better relationship. It’s a unique chance to have protected time out of our individual lives, do something together and share some incredible experiences. I know it sounds a bit corny, but it is a once in a lifetime trip.”
Marc adds: “Also, it’s a chance to have one more adventure. I’m at a stage where I’m ready to settle down, but I also want to travel.”
Mobeen and Zainib
Zainib and Mobeen. Zainib and Mobeen are the only husband and wife pairing in the 2023 series.
31-year-old surgeon Mobeen and 32-year-old psychiatrist from Manchester are a married couple.
Zainib says of taking part: “I think there’s personal reasons, individually, and there’s a collective reason for both of us. I think the both of us have always spoken about wanting to get a sense of adventure, wanting to go out there and do something that’s out of the ordinary, 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. Then COVID happened, and it just feels like all we’ve been doing is working and watching TV. So, for us, it’s needing that sense of adventure again, we need to go back to the things that ignite our excitement. We’re in our early 30s and we are living like we are in our 80s to be honest. We just want to do something that’s not your usual.”
Mobeen agrees: “It’s an amazing opportunity to switch off from life, which can sometimes seem to become a bit mundane, which it probably has been and the pandemic added to that. This is just one of those opportunities that doesn’t come around very often. We are very grateful to be sat here about to do this crazy journey.”
Cathie and Tricia
49-year-old company director Cathie from South Wales and 48-year-old bank clerk Tricia from Devon are best friends.
On taking part, Cathie says: “Initially, when Trish asked me if I fancied doing something completely bonkers, I said ‘yes! That sounds great’. I love to travel but it was very much as a support to Trish.”
Tricia adds: “I like doing bonkers things. But for me, it’s to prove to myself that with my sight loss I can still do stuff and that I’m not sight loss Tricia, I’m Tricia with sight loss – because a lot of people do label you. I also want to get it out there that people that have got sight loss can still do whatever they want to do, obviously, apart from driving. So, for me, it’s proving to myself that I can do it, getting some of ‘me’ back and trying to get that confidence back.. I wouldn’t want to do it with anybody but Cathie because she’s the tonic to my gin..”
How many episodes of Race Across the World are there?
Race Across the World series 3 will have nine episodes.
Where is Race Across the World series 3 taking place?
The pairs will start their journey at the very edge of the Pacific Ocean in Vancouver.
They will attempt to travel over 16,000 kilometres across six time zones all at ground level to the finish line perched on the rugged Atlantic coast, North America’s most easterly city – St John’s, Newfoundland.
The journey will take the duos through “the very edges of civilisation, taking in vast prairies, untouched wilderness, and great lakes”.
What are the Race Across the World rules?
Race Across the World isn’t just a way of getting an exciting holiday – there are a couple of big catches.
The couples aren’t allowed to use air travel and must go without the trappings of modern-day life. That means no mobile phone, no internet access and no credit cards.
Each couple is given an equal amount of cash at the start of the journey and if they need any more, they will have to find ways to earn it. Winning Race Across the World requires ingenuity, luck and the kindness of strangers.
Whoever reaches the finish line at the final location in St John’s Newfoundland quickest will be crowned the winner.
What is the Race Across the World prize?
The couple who cross the finish line first will win £20,000.
How to watch Race Across the World
Race Across the World starts on Wednesday 22 March at 9pm on BBC One and iPlayer.
Series 1 and 2 are available to watch on iPlayer now.
Race Across The World airs Wednesday nights on BBC One at 9pm.
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