Steve hasn't had time to answer our questions here, so until he does, read what Josh has to say.
What attracted you to the show?
My dad asked me if I wanted to race around the world with him to try and win a million bucks. Wouldn’t anyone do it?
What were your goals for the race?
Have fun, and Win. We ended up only doing the latter, so now I’m selling misshapen and oversized cheetos on ebay.
How did you prepare for it?
Physically I didn’t alter my normal routine at all. I was already riding my bike every Sunday so I kept doing that, but that was really it. Beyond that aspect I learned to read a compass (but unfortunately not a map).
Did you watch previous seasons of the show and did you learn anything from watching previous racers?
I started watching the show in season 2. An ex girlfriend was a big fan and got me into it. Because we had auditioned for season 3 and been turned down I was especially interested in the show, just from a “what if” perspective.
If yes, what did you bring to the race that you learned from previous races?
Don’t bring a sleeping bag. Pack light and bring a headlamp.
Did you have any favorite teams, locations, tasks or moments from previous seasons?
Ken and Gerard rock the house. I got to hang with Ken in Vegas for the premiere and that guy really is as fun as he looked on the show. Michael is a big chump though. ;)
Did you have a strategy going in? If so, what was it and how did it evolve as the race went on?
Our initial strategy was kind of “crush kill destroy” but after we started meeting the other teams we said “fuck that” and played for fun. It wasn’t worth it to be all hostile all the time. I saw teams standing in fucking Venice fighting with other teams and all I could think was “Jesus Christ people look around you! You’re fucking missing it.”
What was your reaction to your competition when you first saw them?
I tried not to make any snap judgements about teams. Even my comments about Tian and Jeree in the first episode were based on the behavior I had seen at the starting line and LAX. What was truly funny was when we first saw that episode I didn’t even remember saying that. I talk so much shit in situations like that that I don’t remember 90% of the crap I say.
Did you find the first leg to be intimidating?
It was intimidating only in that I was seriously afraid of being the first to go.
How did your alliances help you? How did they hurt you?
They helped tons. Al spoke Italian AND some German so he was invaluable in those first couple legs, and we were traveling with people that we had become friends with so we had tons more fun, even though Steve and Dave are slow old bastards.
Per Team Guido's report, you were at a premiere party in Vegas with current and former racers. How did it feel to make your racing debut in the presence of former racers?
The premiere party was a great time. I spent 4 days in Vegas drinking and gambling away my rent money. After the episode aired it was a trip to have Flo walk up to me and say under her voice “I think you won, I can smell a winner.” I just kept thinking “Obviously not because I’m a big loser.” The day after the premiere I spent the whole day wandering the strip with Michael and Kathy, and Amanda and Chris they’re a fun group of people. Ham up was in full effect.
Where you worried about how the public might react to you on the show?
Eh, I only worried about my girlfriend’s family thinking that their daughter was dating a total cock stain. (They don’t.)
Having seen yourselves on TV, do you feel you were accurately portrayed?
Eh, I was made into a cartoonish version of myself. I understand why, and that’s really what you get when you agree to be on a show like this.
Josh, in your first trip into the masquerade ball, did you know there was more than one room to search?
No, I didn’t see anyone come down the stairs until my second trip inside. Boy was that ever a shock and a half.
Josh, how did it feel when the first masquerader took your photo and offered no clue in return?
I felt like we were fucked, and probably off on our way to the loser lodge.
No other season of TAR has aired so many disagreements about places in line and cutting. What was your impression of those incidents?
Shit, had I known that everyone was going to start acting like dicks all the time I don’t think we would have pulled Steve and Dave up with us at LAX. The only side note I’d like to make is that we pulled another team up with us in line to help them from being eliminated, for the most part everyone else has been cutting because they are cock waffles.
How much did fatigue and jet lag play in the race?
I was able to recover from jet lag pretty easily, but the total exhaustion that overcomes you when you don’t eat or sleep enough is insane. I had no idea it would affect us so much.
What were the pit stops like? Was there really enough time to eat/sleep/mingle as is shown?
Pit stops were a blast. We usually had time to goof off a little, but only if you were willing to give up a little sleep.
What's your favorite pit stop memory?
Towards the end of the first pit stop Amanda and Chris came bursting into our room informing us that “The mini bar is fully stocked fuckers!” so we started downing sodas, and some ass flavored beer. We then went downstairs and we all had several Italian coffees. We were so amped that when we got our clue that said to go to the Trampolino Olympico we fucking ran instead of taking cabs. I’m sure our camera crews were pissed, but fuck that was fun.
Has being on the race changed your life?
It hasn’t. I still work a regular job, I still do the same shit I did before the race. Only now I occasionally get recognized and asked for an autograph or picture. (Which is weird as fuck, we’re reality tv stars, it’s not like we actually have any talent.)
What was the toughest part of the race for you?
Coming home a loser was tough. All I did for the first month back was second guess my decisions in France.
How far behind Steve and Dave were you at that last pitstop?
We were a couple hours behind. We got beaten by old guys with bad knees.
In your pre-race questionnaire, you were asked to list each other's strengths and weaknesses. Having gone through the race, would you change anything about those answers?
I don’t even remember what I wrote. It was like 7 months ago. The old man HAS NO WEAKNESSES. Seriously, he’s tougher than shit.
Josh, rumor has it that you were an active participant in online forums before the race. Could you talk a little about that?
I’m a geek, so of course I’m an active participant in online forums. The trick is finding out which ones, and what my usernames are.
If you follow the commentary made about your team on various websites, how do you feel about it?
None of those people really know me. They know the character that was on the show so I just say “fuck it.,” and move on.
There have been a lot of rumors posted on message boards about your last leg (held up by customs) and the state of your relationship (didn't speak to each other for months after the show). How does it feel to be the subject of those kind of rumors and would you like to reply to them?
Rumors kind of come with the territory don’t they? If you’re on tv people are bound to talk. In fact I’d like to officially start a rumor that Phil is stalking me and I constantly see him parked outside my house waiting for me to come home.
Are people recognizing you from the race, and if so, how do you feel about that?
I get recognized every so often. There was this one lady I work with who was telling me about how her son idolizes me and wanted an autograph. All I could think was “Shit, your kid needs some better heroes.”
Do you feel that your relationship was permanently affected by the race? If so, how, and has it continued to change or grow?
We’re in a better place than we’ve ever been.
What have you been up to since race?
Same old shit. Hamming up, trying to get the funds together to get back to college, and planning my trip to Europe this fall.
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[Thanks to CBS's PR Department for arranging this interview.]