When Brandon and Nicole review the Detour, she initially suggests the Slide, and he seems to agree. But then he notes that the bikes are right by where they picked up the clue, while they have to follow a path to the luge track. He seems to start out by half-assedly saying they should do the bikes, and finally Nicole starts telling him just to make a decision, which I agree with, except that if she wants to do the luge, which I think she does, then she should say that. Or she should be prepared not to complain later. (Is that a spoiler? Sigh.) Brandon finally makes the call to go for the bikes.
Chip is very much down in the dumps as they approach the Olympic Park. "We're sunk," he says. "Don't give up," Kim tells him.
At the top of the bike course, Brandon and Nicole are told to select bikes, and she's not sure if the bike she has is the right height. Basically, her feet barely touch the ground, and she's concerned that the bike is too tall for her. She voices over that she was very scared of getting on the bikes.
Meanwhile, at the luge track, Colin and Christie lie down in the sled. We see them getting ready to leave in the luge at just about the same time we see Brandon and Nicole taking off on the bikes. (Incidentally, Yellow Caption person? That's "brake" with the right foot, not "break.") Colin and Christie have 34 seconds to do the luge; Brandon and Nicole have three minutes to do the bike course. The luge goes fairly smoothly, and Colin and Christie even seem to enjoy it. I think they enjoy, as a general matter, hurtling. The bike thing? Not going so well. While Colin and Christie cross the finish line with a couple of seconds to spare (he says something like, "Feeling cheese!," which I'm pretty sure isn't exactly right), Nicole is in the weeds with her bike. She and Brandon do not make it down the hill in time. "Golly Moses," Brandon says. Heh. Soon he's going to be like, "Esau!," just working his way through the biblical figures.
Colin and Christie, however, get the clue at the end of the luge, which tells them to head to Dallas, the esteemed Final City. Phil explains that this is about 3,000 miles, and that when they get to Dallas, they'll go to the Fort Worth stockyards to find a clue. Colin and Christie get a cab to the airport. And they call their driver "brutha," which...that'll be about enough of that.
When Brandon and Nicole finish on the bikes, they learn that their time was four minutes and 32 seconds, so they're substantially behind the pace they need to be maintaining. They head back to the top as Colin and Christie happily head for the airport. When Brandon and Nicole return to the beginning of the bike course, she asks for a smaller bike so that she can drag her feet, and they do appear to give her one. Nicole, however, begins to collapse in despair as she refuses to pedal at all and just sort of scoots down the hill. I think unless you actually have the confidence to pedal and steer normally, you'll never get this task done on time. You'll certainly never get it done if you start with the whimpering, like Nicole does. She screams, she cries, and she yells to Brandon to wait, which he really can't, because the way to finish this is to keep going. Nicole begins to sob, throws down her bike, and declares that she can do no more. She's just lost it at this point, and Brandon starts to try to get her on track again, telling her they'll just go do the luge. She breaks down right there on the mountain, though, and doesn't even have the energy to get to the bottom of the hill. Wow. That particular case of Killer Fatigue has been on the way for quite some time, but it's in full bloom now.