"A Detour is a choice between two tasks, each with its own pros and cons. Teams must successfully complete one of the tasks described on the clue in order to receive their next clue." -Phil
|Fast Forward: |
A "Fast Forward" allows the team that receives it to skip all remaining tasks on that leg of the race and proceed directly to the Pit Stop. To receive the Fast Forward, the team must be the first team to perform and complete the task described on the Fast Forward clue. The clue is found along with a regular clue at one of the Route Markers. Only one team may use each Fast Forward. The Fast Forward often leads to that team being first at the Pit Stop, but does not guarantee it.
|Pit Stop: |
A Pit Stop is a stop at the end of each leg of the race where each team must check in. Phil and a native of the country stand at a logo map and wait for each team to check in. The first team to check in usually receives a prize for winning that leg of the race. The last team to check in is often, but not always eliminated. There are usually two legs of the race where the last two teams to check in are allowed to keep racing however they often have changes to their status to continue racing. In several seasons they gave up everything but the clothes on their backs and their passports, which has changed to having a 30 minute penalty if they are not the first to complete the next leg of the race.
A Roadblock is a task that only one team member may perform. A vague clue is given at the roadblock and the team must choose who will perform the roadblock before reading the rest of the clue. Once a choice has been made, the teammates cannot switch roles.
Unless the clue indicates otherwise, the other teammate(s) cannot assist in the task though they may verbally offer advice and encouragement, usually standing in a designated area off to the side.
A Roadblock is featured in almost every episode.
Beginning in Season 6, each team member may complete a maximum of only six Roadblocks throughout the entire race.
A "yield" is a spot in the race where each team has the option of "yielding" another team. When a team is "yielded" they must flip an hourglass and stop racing until the sand runs out. Yields were first used in Season 5.