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Matt & Ashley
Matt & Ashley
The Amazing Race 26
Team Title #TheHairstylists
Finishing Position 5th
Legs Completed 10
Legs Won 1
Average Position 2.90
Roadblock Count Matt 5, Ashley 3
Countries raced Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Thailand.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Namibia.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Peru.svg

Matthew "Matt" Cucolo and Ashley Gordon were a dating couple who competed on The Amazing Race 26. They are both from Scarsdale, New York. At the end of the 3rd leg of the race, Matt proposed to Ashley and she accepted. They were eliminated in 5th after Matt struggled at a Roadblock and they could not catch up on the following leg.


Race Summary

Leg 1 (United States → Japan)

  • Detour.png Syncing Steps: Learn and perform a series of robotic dance moves to with a modern Japanese pop group.
  • PitStop.png 9th

Leg 2 (Japan)

  • Roadblock.png Ashley: Solve a Japanese puzzle box, also known as a yosegi.
  • Detour.png Chair: Each push their partner around a speed skating track on a chair, completing both laps in less than 3:55.
  • PitStop.png 7th

Leg 3 (Japan → Thailand)

  • Detour.png Tree: Both successfully deliver a tray of food across a zipline without spilling anything.
  • PitStop.png 6th

Leg 4 (Thailand)

  • Detour.png Water: Ride a water taxi around Bangkok, eating a strong-tasting 'century egg' and receiving a Buddhist blessing.
  • Roadblock.png Matt: Take apart a combustion engine to retrieve a screwdriver from inside of the transmission.
  • PitStop.png 8th

Leg 5 (Thailand → Germany)

  • Detour.png Stein: Together serve a total of 22 steins of beer all at once through a crowded Oktoberfest celebration.
  • Roadblock.png Ashley: Memorize and perform a German love song for partner, getting doused with water if unsatisfactory.
  • PitStop.png 2nd

Leg 6 (Germany → France → Monaco → France)

  • Roadblock.png Matt: Travel on foot around Monaco, retrieving Grace Kelly's favorite roses and chocolate for partner.
  • Detour.png Don't Slack Off: Ride a zipline and then traverse a slackline, both spanning a 2000 foot cliff.
  • PitStop.png 4th

Leg 7 (France → Namibia)

  • Roadblock.png Matt: Properly build a bushman hut from scratch.
  • Detour.png Pack: Prepare wildebeest meat and feed it to a pack of wild African dogs.
  • PitStop.png 1st

Leg 8 (Namibia)

  • Roadblock.png Ashley: Observe a briefcase being airdropped from a bush plane and retrieve it, as well as a Travelocity Gnome.
  • Detour.png Play: Use cross-country sand skis to reach the top of a sand dune, then slide down.
  • U-Turn.png Used the Double U-Turn on Jelani & Jenny.
  • PitStop.png 2nd

Leg 9 (Namibia → Netherlands)

  • Roadblock.png Matt: Search for a matching pair of klompen amongst hundreds of nearly identical looking pairs.
  • Detour.png Shuffle: Play a local version of shuffleboard called sjoelen and earn 51 points.
  • PitStop.png 5th - Non-elimination leg

Leg 10 (Netherlands → Peru)

  • Speedbump.png Use an old-fashioned typewriter to fill out a llama-loan form.
  • Roadblock.png Matt: Harvest a row of sugarcane.
  • Detour.png Papas: Sort a pile of potatoes and deliver them to the potato market.
  • PitStop.png 5th - Eliminated
The Amazing Race 26
Legs 123456789101112
Countries United StatesJapanThailandGermanyFranceMonacoNamibiaNetherlandsPeru
Teams Aly & SteveBergen & KurtHarley & JonathanHayley & BlairJeff & JackieJeff & LydaJelani & JennyLaura & TylerLibby & CJMatt & AshleyMike & Rochelle
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