'The Amazing Race' eliminates Becca Droz and Floyd Pierce after health scare
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/19/2017
The Amazing Race eliminated Becca Droz and Floyd Pierce during the second broadcast of Thursday night's two-episode event on CBS.
Becca, a 26-year-old rock climbing instructor from Boulder, CO, and Floyd, a 21-year-old college drum major from Boulder, CO, were ousted from the around-the-world competition in the tenth leg because Floyd appeared to come down with heat exhaustion and dehydration while attempting to complete a Roadblock task in Vietnam.
Because of Floyd's condition, the team was not able to complete the leg and arrive at the Pit Stop at Hang Mua Peak. Instead, The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan met them at the task Floyd had just finished.
"It's a tough pill to swallow. I feel sad we made it this far," Becca said, referencing how they were so close to making the Final 4 teams. "And this is the way things have panned out. Yeah, it's not the way I think either of us wanted to go out."
"I just kept trying until I physically just couldn't," Floyd told Phil.
Becca said Floyd was an "amazing teammate" and his "undying positivity" ran him into the ground, literally. She loved enjoying the experience with someone who has an equal zest for life, and they became great friends during the Race.
The tenth leg kicked off with Becca and Floyd departing the ninth Pit Stop at a park in Hanoi in first place at 7:59AM.
Becca and Floyd were then followed by Matt Ladley, a 25-year-old pro snowboarder from Denver, CO, and Redmond Ramos, a 28-year-old former U.S. Navy corpsman from Murrieta, CA, at 8:03AM, and London Kaye, a 27-year-old artist from Brooklyn, NY, and Logan Bauer, a 27-year-old surgical consultant from Columbus, GA, at 8:18AM.
On their heels were Scott Flanary, a 34-year-old recruiting manager from West Hollywood, CA, and Brooke Camhi, a 36-year-old criminal attorney from New York, NY, at 8:36AM; and finally Tara Carr, a 38-year-old U.S. Army officer from Alexandria, VA, and Joey Covino, a 46-year-old police sergeant from Saugus, MA, at 8:47AM.
The teams were instructed to catch a bus to the ancient city of Ninh Binh.
The first bus left at 9AM, so Becca and Floyd knew one or more teams would not make it. Matt and Redmond eventually hopped on it, but then London and Logan had to get on a later 9:30AM bus with Brooke and Scott and Tara and Joey. It turned out the 9:30AM bus hit terrible traffic.
With Becca and Floyd and Matt and Redmond in the lead, the three other teams found their next clue around the same time -- a clue that required the teams to hop on bicycles and make their way to Bich Dong Temple, where they must grab a Travelocity gnome to bring with them for the rest of the leg.
Becca and Floyd arrived at the temple and grabbed the gnome before any of the other teams. Matt and Redmond were on the heels, and behind them were London and Logan, Scott and Brooke, and finally Tara and Joey.
At this location, Tara and Joey were required to complete their Speed Bump task as a consequence for surviving the prior non-elimination leg in which they had to collect six dozen duck eggs for a local farmer before continuing on in the race.
Afterward, the teams had to ride their bikes to Thon Hai Nham and search for their next clue. Tara and Joey unfortunately overshot this ride by six kilometers.
At this destination, it became time for one member from each team to complete a Roadblock task.
For the Roadblock, in the throwback to Season 3, the participating Racers were instructed to load up a bicycle with cumbersome shrimp traps, and deliver them down the road to a fisherman.
Floyd opted to take on this Roadblock task on behalf of his team, and he was later joined by Matt, London, Scott, and Joey.
Floyd really struggled with the task because he kept dropping traps along his path without noticing it. On his first attempt, he thought he could drop off the majority of shrimp traps and go back for the rest, but he learned the hard way the point of the Roadblock was to deliver all the traps in just one trip. It was a balancing act on the bicycle but also seemed to take strength and patience.
After getting rejected twice in the extreme heat, Floyd was growing exhausted. Once London got approved, her bike broke on the way back to the starting point so Joey was able to pass her.
Matt -- who flew through the Roadblock with no problem -- and Redmond finished the task in first place. They were then followed by Brooke and Scott, Tara and Joey, London and Logan, and Becca and Floyd.
When Becca and Floyd were ready to depart the task on bicycle, Floyd's condition was dire and he crashed his bike on the side of the road. Becca offered to take his backpack and they tried again, but then Floyd nearly passed out and needed medical treatment.
Becca was very supportive of her teammate although it was heartbreaking to go out of the Race like this. He was dizzy, overheated and his head hurt.
Becca and Floyd's journey on the Race stopped here, but for the other teams, they were instructed to ride to Den Thai Vi-Ben Thanh and search for their next clue.
Matt and Redmond got there first, followed by Brooke and Scott, Tara and Joey, and then London and Logan.
Here, one member from each team had to row a canoe with his or her feet, and then the team must deliver offerings to a ceremonial dragon boat. The task was difficult but Matt, Scott, Tara and Logan eventually got the rhythm down.
The teams completed the task in the same order they had started.
The teams' last set of clues for this leg required them to make their way to Hang Mua Peak, where locals climb almost 500 steps for spectacular views.
It was a long way up to the top, but Matt and Redmond finished the leg in first place, winning a trip for two to Costa Rica. Brooke and Scott finished in second place, and Tara and Joey claimed third. In no time at all, London and Logan arrived at the Pit Stop mat in fourth place.