“The Amazing Race” has the perfect team for its latest travel competition. Harlem Globetrotters teammates Herbert “Flight Time” Lang and “Nathaniel “The Big Easy” Lofton. The “Race,” which returns Sept. 27 on CBS, will be the fastest yet, spanning eight countries over 21 days. The diverse cast also includes professional poker players, yoga instructors and a former Miss America.

The teams are:

Names: Mika Combs and Canaan Smith
Relationship: Newly dating
Ages: 22; 26
Hometowns: Nashville, Tenn.
Occupations: Aspiring singer; songwriter

Names: Ericka Dunlap and Brian Kleinschmidt
Relationship: Married
Ages: 27
Hometowns: Nashville, Tenn.
Occupations: Miss America 2004; marketing tour manager

Names: Zev Glassenberg and Justin Kanew
Relationship: Friends
Ages: 26; 30
Hometowns: Sherman Oaks, Calif.; Los Angeles, Calif.
Occupations: Unemployed; VP of Development for National Lampoon

Names: Maria Ho and Tiffany Michelle
Relationship: Friends and competitors
Ages: 26; 25
Hometowns: Arcadia, Calif.; Los Angeles, Calif.
Occupations: Professional poker players

Names: Herbert “Flight Time” Lang and Nathaniel “The Big Easy” Lofton
Relationship: Teammates
Ages: 32; 28
Hometowns: Brinkley, Ark.; New Orleans, La.
Occupations: Harlem Globetrotters

Names: Lance Layne and Keri Morrione
Relationship: Engaged
Ages: 41; 33
Hometowns: Salem, Mass.; Peabody, Mass.
Occupations: Lawyer; finance manager

Names: Marcy Maloy and Ronald Shalita
Relationship: Dating
Ages: 60; 59
Hometowns: San Francisco, Calif.
Occupations: Advertising photographer; stock trader and math tutor

Names: Daniel McMillen and Sam McMillen
Relationship: Brothers
Ages: 21; 23
Hometowns: Liberty, Mo.; Fort Worth, Texas
Occupations: Students

Names: Eric Paskel and Lisa Paskel
Relationship: Married
Ages: 41; 43
Hometowns: Encino, Calif., via Michigan
Occupations: Yoga teachers

Names: Garrett Paul and Jessica Stout
Relationship: Dating on and off
Ages: 28; 27
Hometowns: Aptos, Calif.; Larkspur, Calif.
Occupations: Day trader; freelance editor

Names: Meghan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney
Relationship: Dating
Ages: 23
Hometowns: San Diego, Calif.
Occupations: Account executive; student

Names: Gary Tomljenovich and Matt Tomljenovich
Relationship: Father and son
Ages: 47; 22
Hometowns: Laurel, Mont.; Bozeman, Mont.
Occupations: Construction manager and mortgage banker; student