Team Looney Loonies

Get to know your Canadian Red Bull Can You Make It? teams

© Maxime Messier

The 2018 version of Red Bull Can You Make It? has officially kicked off. Three of the 200 competing teams will have the Canadian flag on their backs.

Of the over 100 teams that applied for Red Bull Can You Make? from across Canada, three were chosen to represent the country in the 2018 iteration. Starting at one of five launch points across Europe, these three Canadian teams will join 200 teams from around the world in a weeklong race to Amsterdam using only Red Bull as currency to reach their destination. Teams will have the period of April 10–17 to make the destination.

Along the way, the teams must hit certain checkpoints and will have the opportunity to earn points through challenges at those checkpoints, their Facebook following and completing tasks on the Adventure List. The total of these points will determine the overall winning team.

Get to know your three Canadian teams below and be sure to follow along via the Red Bull Can You Make It? show and each team's page on Facebook. 

Team Sorry

Team Sorry is Lexi Pullen, Gabrielle Bailey and Kinnon Job of Acadia University. Their story dates back to 2011 when Job and Pullen met through friends. Bailey is the newcomer to the group, or as Team Sorry puts it, she was "selected second in the first round of the draft."

Who brings what to the table? 

  • Job: Has little public embarrassment.
  • Bailey: Has the ability to sleep anywhere – and by anywhere we mean anywhere with a king sized memory foam mattress at a five-star hotel while ordering room service.
  • Pullen: Can make friends with a rock, including Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

Are you in it for the win or for the experience?

We're all about the experience — no Ricky Bobby mentality here. With this being said, we want to live up to the standards of previous Canadian teams. Gab has a -18032 on the travel experience scale, Lexi has dabbled in the travels and Kinnon is the final boss. Regardless of our experience travelling, this is going to be a great way for all of us to push our limits and get out of our comfort zone.

Describe your dream trade?

Trade a Red Bull for a day of adventure with (insert famous person here), they drive us in their luxury car to their favourite seafood restaurant, share an order of calamari, then drop us off at our choice of checkpoint with parting hugs.

What are the essentials in your bags? 

Under packing is essential. Two feet, Red Bull, beef jerky, socks and a heart beat is all you need. For real though, some Team Sorry essentials are: eye mask, granola bars, micro fibre towel, a phone gimbal and a water bottle or something. We're new at this. Fake it to make it.

Team Biohazards

Team Biohazards is Myranda Bursey, Cassidy Welsha and Laura Hillier. The self-described  "crazy Newfies" first met in a lecture hall at Memorial University in a Biology of Vertebrates lecture four years ago.

Who brings what to the table?

  • Bursey: The one who is absolutely crazy and willing to do anything and everything. She will be the first to make friends and connections with Europeans and other contestants to help make this trip much more memorable (and maybe even increase our chances of winning). She also doubles as our social media guru — so keep an eye out for some cute candid (and dog) pics.
  • Welsha: The one with the common sense. She will be the one to keep us on our toes, keep us sane, and keep us out of trouble. She can spot a washroom from a mile away, and can tell if there is lactose in a meal just from its smell.
  • Hillier: The one with the brains. We are counting on Laura to read the maps and be the one to complete any mental tasks that the other two of us might… well... find confusing. She’s also known for her beauty, and can spot a Sephora outlet from a mile away

Are you in it for the win or for the experience?

We are definitely in this adventure for the experience, but with that being said, we are crazy competitive. When we get into the competition, there will be no stopping our competitive nature (while playing it fair of course — Canadians, right?). We’ve spent the past few weeks buffing up on previous years and team strategies from Red Bull Can You Make It? in spite of the odds running against us.

What's your dream trade?

All-inclusive cruise to get us from one check point to the next, also getting us closer to Amsterdam!

What are the essentials in your bags? 

First things first: 17 bottles of dry shampoo… each. We hoped to find Heelys to fit all of us for transportation. We've also got a first aid kit with every medication you can imagine because we are all prone to falling and have awful immune systems, and a Canadian flag, because who doesn’t love Canadians? 

Team Looney Loonies

Team Looney Loonies is Jérémy Leblond, Vincent Asselin and Alexis Arseneau of Université du Québec à Montréal. Asselin and Arseneau's friendship dates back to elementary school, but it wasn't until university that Asselin met Leblond, who later introduced him to Arseneau.

Who brings what to the table?

  • Arsenault: The analytic and strategic guy.
  • Leblond: The tech guy. He knows a lot about cameras, video editing and online community management.
  • Asselin: Is really outgoing. He is great with people and isn’t scared to talk to anyone.

Are you in it for the win or for the experience?

Our team is certainly very excited to jump into this adventure. We are trying to take this challenge as seriously as possible and have been preparing for about two weeks. Also, all of us are natural competitors which means that winning is clearly our top goal. Even though we want to win, one of our priorities is also to enjoy every second of this crazy adventure and share this unique experience with everyone we’ll meet throughout our journey. We’ll try to push each other and face small problems and challenges with a big smile and a positive attitude. We think that if we stay positive all along the way it we’ll clearly help us to finish among the top teams.

What's your dream trade? 

Our dream trade would be to trade a can of Red bull for a backstage access to a concert. To do so, we will go to a venue hosting a concert during the afternoon and try to talk to someone entering the building by the staff and tour crew entrance. We would then explain the adventure and its goal and hope for a positive answer. Later that night we would join the artist on stage and do some crowd surfing.

What are the essentials in your bags? 

Our strategy is to pack lightly but smartly. Obviously we’ll bring a tent and three sleeping bags in case we can’t find a place to sleep. We will also bring some snacks because it will not always be easy to trade for food during the trip. The most important thing we will bring to Europe is clearly maple syrup. As true Canadians, we put maple syrup on everything we eat: pancakes, fruits, ice cream, meat, cheese fish and snow. There’s no way we will survive one week without this magical potion, as it is our main source of power and energy.