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Hamilton brothers who win 'Amazing Race Canada' plan new adventures

September 24, 2015 - 2:05 PM

TORONTO - The adventure is just starting for a pair of athletic brothers from Hamilton who won "The Amazing Race Canada."

Gino and Jesse Montani say the clock is ticking on a swath of travel prizes they've collected, including trips to Tokyo, Rio and California, as well as a planned Italian getaway they've promised their mom.

The newly crowned champs say they expect to fill the coming year with much of the same globe-trotting, extreme-sport excursions that marked the third edition of the CTV reality series, which wrapped Wednesday.

The brothers narrowly edged out wrestlers Nick Foti and Matt Giunta, from Newmarket, Ont. and Stouffville, Ont., and brothers Brent and Sean Sweeney from Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S.

In addition to nabbing first-place prizes for various legs of the race, they claimed a grand prize of $250,000, "gas for life" from Petro-Canada, the opportunity to fly for a year anywhere Air Canada flies, and two Chevrolet Colorado trucks.

Casting is now open for season 4 of "The Amazing Race Canada."

"We were speaking, 'How the heck are we going to go on all these trips?'" Jesse Montani said Thursday morning as the pair did a round of interviews in Toronto.

"That's a lot of time off work, right?"

The brothers, who said their close-knit bond came from being raised by a single mother, said they look forward to openly celebrating their win with family and friends.

Elder brother Gino noted that keeping their secret has been one of the hardest parts of the contest, which included muddy obstacle courses, math and memory challenges, and ski jumps.

"It's kind of stressful — you have to hide things from your family and your friends, you want to be able to tell them and you can't," said the Brock University grad who turns 30 next month.

"I feel like I got a bit of a monkey off my back."

Younger brother Jesse works full-time at Dofasco and worried it won't be easy to get time off work.

"I only have 100 hours vacation and those are all used up," said the 25-year-old, noting they were used for the race.

He admitted the once-in-a-lifetime adventure has him thinking about his future.

"This definitely has driven me to further myself in my own life and my career path," said Jesse, who attended McMaster University on a football scholarship and dreamed of turning pro until he was sidelined by a hand injury.

"I'm really interested in real estate and I would love to do that. I've always wanted to be a firefighter as well."

Gino, too, said the jackpot should usher in new opportunities.

"I used to work in the financial industry, I wasn't happy with what I did. I made more money but now I actually like going to work everyday," said Gino, who drives a Zamboni.

"I like the people I work with but maybe some doors will open. We'll see what happens."

At the very least, he predicted more adventures are in store.

"We're both very extreme guys, we love to do these things. We need to go out and do things. I'm definitely going to try some skydiving, anything crazy and extreme."

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misstated Gino Montani's age

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