Here We Go, Baby, Off to Win a Million Bucks! is the season premiere of The Amazing Race 9.


The race begins in Denver, Colorado when teams quickly jet off to their first location, Sao Paulo, Brazil where, upon landing, they must venture deep into the heart of the city to find their next clue at the Hotel Unique. Almost immediately, teams make their way by foot to Viaduto Santa Ifigenia, a pedestrian footbridge overlooking the highway and the Vale do Anhangabuau. One team struggles to locate the clue box, while other teams seem to find it with ease.

At the bridge, teams are faced with their first detour and must choose between finding a local motorcycle shop, where they will have to assemble a motorcycle from scratch, or soar high above the city of San Paolo in a helicopter in order to locate a specific building where they will find their next clue.[2]


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Teams must fly to São Paulo, Brazil. Upon arrival, teams must find Hotel Unique to search for their next clue on the hotel's rooftop.

Teams must find Viaduto Santa Efigênia, where they will find their next clue on top of the bridge.

Choice A: Motor Head
Teams must travel to a motorcycle shop named Caverna Moto Peças and assemble a motorcycle, using an assembled motorcycle as a model. Then, using the parts provided and finished model for reference. When the motorcycle is properly assembled, the mechanic could start the bike and he would receive their next clue.

Lake & Michelle and Ray & Yolanda chose this task.

Choice B: Rotor Head
Teams must travel to Campo de Marte Airport. Then, using a flight directory to locate one of three buildings and find a helicopter. Since they varied in distance and each location had a limited number of tickets. Teams are need to find one of three closest building from a flight directory: Edifício São Luís Gonzaga, Atrium V, and Hotel Meliá. Once it located to their destination, a pilot would fly by helicopter to the rooftop of that building to search the designated area for their next clue. There are limited number of flights available to any one of these given buildings.

BJ & Tyler, Danielle & Dani, Dave & Lori, Eric & Jeremy, Fran & Barry, John & Scott, Joseph & Monica, Lisa & Joni, and Wanda & Desiree chose this task.

Teams must make their way to Santa Cecilia and find the sanctuary at 114A Rua Federico Abranches. Once there, teams have to light a white candle and witness a traditional ceremony known as Candomblé and to receive their next clue.

Teams must make their way to Estádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho to check in.

For coming in first place, the Eric & Jeremy won $10,000 each.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward> Used the Yield< Recipient of the Yield
S9 EricJeremy
 1st place 
Eric & Jeremy
S9 BJTyler
 2nd place 
BJ & Tyler
Best Friends
S9 WandaDesiree
 3rd place 
Wanda & Desiree
S9 DaveLori
 4th place 
Dave & Lori
S9 LakeMichelle
 5th place 
Lake & Michelle
Married Parents
S9 JosephMonica
 6th place 
Joseph & Monica
S9 RayYolanda
 7th place 
Ray & Yolanda
S9 FranBarry
 8th place 
Fran & Barry
Married 40 Years
S9 DanielleDani
 9th place 
Danielle & Dani
Childhood Friends
S9 LisaJoni
 10th place 
Lisa & Joni
S9 JohnScott
 11th place 
John & Scott
Lifelong Friends


  • This episode's title was said by John.


  • Josh Wolk at EW (02/28/2006): "Meet the new duos!"
  • Jace Lacob at Televisionary (03/01/2006): "Reality Check: Race Returns to Being, Well, Amazing"
  • Roger Holland at Pop Matters (03/07/2006): "Key to the Door"


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