February 21, 2018 at 04:14 PM EST

The Amazing Race comes to a dramatic conclusion on Wednesday — and EW has an exclusive preview clip from the epic two-hour finale.

This season has seen some new twists being thrown at the teams (new exotic locations, a partner swap, head-to-head challenges) but host Phil Keoghan says in the final legs, the reality competition will get back to “the meat and potatoes of what makes this show work: competitive teams doing exciting things.”

In addition to the challenge in the video above, the teams vying for the $1 million — which, as of the end of last week’s episode, are Alex and Conor, Kristi and Jen, Henry and Evan, and newly-engaged Cody and Jessica — will experience the highest ascender climb in Amazing Race history, complete with a terrifying free fall.

“They’ll get the bejeebies scared out of them,” says Keoghan. “And it all ends in a nail-biting standoff.”

The two-hour Amazing Race finale begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday on CBS.

Phil Keoghan hosts the globe-trotting adventure series.
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