The Amazing Race's Megan and Heidi

03/10/2005 at 12:30 PM EST

The Amazing Race's Megan and Heidi
Megan Baker & Heidi Heidel
For fashion designer Megan Baker, 26, and makeup artist and mom Heidi Heidel, 31, the biggest part of their adventure on The Amazing Race may have been meeting Santa Monica-based brothers Brian and Greg Smith. The Oak Park, Calif., roommates bonded with the boys on a 10-hour bus ride to Arequipa, Peru. But the two teams faced off against each other in a footrace to the final pit stop at Cerra Santa Lucia in Santiago, Chile, after spotting each other's taxis in gridlock. In the ensuing run, Brian and Greg edged out Megan and Heidi, making them the second team eliminated from the Race. Megan and Heidi spoke to PEOPLE about their relationship with the guys and how the show helped them overcome their fears.

When did you realize it would be a footrace to the finish?
Heidi: We were actually happy it was as close as it was. We could have lost by a bigger gap.
Megan: Over the last two days prior to elimination, we had gotten close to the guys, so it was really hard, not even just the separation but maybe the responsibility they felt in it, you know. It was hard.

Let's talk about your relationship with the guys!
Megan: Usually guys in L.A. are pretty shallow and empty-minded. Brian and Greg both go to church every Sunday, they have a great relationship with their family, and they have morals and values that Heidi and I have that we wouldn't have expected.
Heidi: We are all somewhat the same age, living in the same type of area and we actually happen to know some of the same people back at home. There were a lot of things in common.

On the show's Web site, Brian mentioned in an interview that there was some cuddling on the 10-hour bus ride to Arequipa. What's there to tell?
Megan and Heidi: (Laugh)
Megan: You know, I actually don't know what he was talking about!

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