Riders: Take the 1 Hour “Full Yumezi” Challenge

Riders: Take the 1 Hour “Full Yumezi” Challenge

Zwift’s beautiful new Makuri Islands world has been getting rave reviews for its landscapes, route layouts, and familiar Japanese feel. Zwifters are embracing the opportunity to earn new route badges and do some exploring, too: over 59,000 people rode the Flatland Loop in the first 6 days following the launch!

My Ride

After wrapping my head around the new world and its routes, I decided to try devising a route that would cover all the roads in one ride. The route I came up with seemed pretty efficient, covering all the roads in 31.8km. With semi-tired legs I just chugged along at a high zone 2 pace, averaging 221W (2.7w/kg) for the 64 minutes and 28 seconds it took to complete.

The Challenge

Can you do better than I did? There are two ways to beat me:

  • Ride all the roads in less than 31.8km total distance
  • Ride all the roads in under an hour

If you do both, you’re extra-special!

Give it a try, then post your results below. When you comment, please share at least these two key bits of info:

  1. The distance you covered in order to ride all roads
  2. The time it took to complete your ride

And before you ask: I won’t be linking directly to my ride – can’t make this too easy for you. But you can find it on Strava or in my Zwift account if you look around just a bit.

Prizes

There are no prizes. Nothing physical, at least. You’re doing this for glory, fitness, and the fun of a slightly nerdy challenge.

But the top man and woman will get their name (and hopefully a cool pic) posted on Zwift Insider’s social media accounts. And that’s better than a kick in the pants.

Winners will be chosen on Monday, June 7th. So you’ve got almost 2 weeks to plan your route, give it a go… then give it another go if needed. See you out there!

About The Author

Eric Schlange

Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava

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Rich
Rich
24 days ago

I was thinking of doing this today (before reading this post) but realised that I couldn’t be bothered to think through what turns I’d need to make and I just hoped Zwift would create a route for it at some point!

Alex
Alex
23 days ago
Reply to  Rich

I agree. They should have added that route with the initial rollout. That way there would be a route that takes longer than 25min to complete.
Even better they could let people create routes manually for others to upload and ride. How cool would that be?

Unfortunately I’m just lacking the drive and attention span to ever do a route that requires any kind of manual turning.

Dan Connelly
23 days ago
Reply to  Alex

The problem is they are clearly planning on an expansion, at which point the omni route will become an albatross, and they don’t appear to ever delete routes.

Tim Hanson Jr.
Tim Hanson Jr. (@iamtimhanson)
24 days ago

You got my attention. I’ll give this challenge a go today

Paul Berney
Paul Berney
24 days ago

How exactly do you go about choosing your own route Eric? I have only ever stuck to the set routes.

Colin
Colin
24 days ago
Reply to  Paul Berney

Pick an existing route and then at a junction manually turn a different way so that you ride your own custom route.

Paul Berney
Paul Berney
24 days ago
Reply to  Colin

Thanks for clarifying Colin. That simple…..well I do already do that. Somehow I got the impression that Eric was designing a new route of his own and then following on-screen rather than making choices at each junction.

Colin
Colin
24 days ago
Reply to  Paul Berney

Unfortunately that’s not possible but it would be nice if you could do it.

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Member
🐶 🚲 (@beagle_on_bike)
24 days ago

Sounds like the perfect opportunity for someone to create a Rebel Route… 😎

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Jim Rauser
Jim Rauser
24 days ago

Ha, I did this “just for fun” on my second time out in the new world, about five days ago. I didn’t pre-plan anything though, just wandered around until I’d covered them all. Did the KOM in both directions on purpose, and tried to find the “reverse Castle KOM” too, but it doesn’t actually exist. My stats were 55km in 2:01, (weighted) average power 197 or 2.3 w/kg. Not gonna win any prizes with that, but it was satisfying. 🙂

https://www.strava.com/activities/5335012527

Dirk
Dirk
24 days ago

Need to optimise.

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Ron Buch
Ron Buch (@ronbuch)
23 days ago
Reply to  Dirk

I hate to break it to you, but it looks like you missed a bit of road (highlighted in yellow). Gonna give this a try tomorrow on the distance piece, but I know I won’t finish in an hour.

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Erin
Erin
24 days ago

Yippee, time for some Rebel routes!

Philip
Philip
24 days ago

Doing a U-Turn seems like cheating to me. 😀

James Langford
James Langford (@jamesdlangford)
24 days ago

Maybe somehow I altered my route, but last week I picked the 2 Village, 3 Village and Sea to Tree but ended up not actually riding them. I have many route badges so the process isn’t new to me.

Anyone else have this issue?

And to actually comment on this post, this sounds kike a fun ride. Not that many kilometres distance or metres of climbing. I may give it a go if the weather keeps me inside this weekend.

M. D. S. Günther
M. D. S. Günther
23 days ago

Interesting challenge! But the bar is a bit high for me 😅

ThaBaur
ThaBaur
23 days ago

did it in Around 31.1km with no u-turn and and a few less climbing Meters.

https://www.strava.com/activities/5361452216

Stu
Stu
19 days ago
Reply to  ThaBaur

Your route is excellent! It seems you can cut 300m off this by starting at the intersection just past the start line and cropping the initial portion out of the ride. This would make the shortest route 30.8km. Interestingly, I cannot generate an equivalent route to this using a directed postman algorithm. The shortest I can achieve by modelling the route with 18 vertices and using distance between vertices as weights for 25 edges is 31.3km (https://www.strava.com/activities/5386227837 I made a small route error that cost me a 200m U-turn). I suspect that it isn’t possible to measure accurately enough (0.1km… Read more »

Kjetil B
Kjetil B
23 days ago

31,3km with no u-turns. 1:03:22 in a recovery-pace 🙂
Didn’t think the navigation through, but maybe it wasn’t that bad?
Will try it again at full speed for a better time!

David
David
23 days ago

Question: if I copy one of the routes shared here (via Strava in a fox file) could I re-ride that same route in Zwift?

David
David
23 days ago
Reply to  David

*gpx file

Cor van der Linden
Cor van der Linden
23 days ago

Challenge accepted! Did it today with the map printed out on paper in front of me, no u-turns and within the hour. Created a private Strava segment (see screen shot) to find out the exact time and distance: 31,62 km – 53:56. You’re free to check my Strava and Zwift accounts!👍

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Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson
23 days ago

Might try this! Just to be clear, is this roads only, ie not dirt tracks? Including dirt tracks seems to make it quite a bit more complicated, and you’ve said roads in the article, but just wanted to be sure 🙂

Matjaz
23 days ago

You can Submit this as a map speedrun on an official zwift speedrun category on speedrun.com

Karl Slingo
Karl Slingo
23 days ago

Did it in 31.37 miles last Sunday. took longer though: I was cruising.

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Karl Slingo
Karl Slingo
23 days ago
Devon Destefano
Devon Destefano
23 days ago

Made it in just under an hour, but I’m pretty sure I could have mapped a better route. Started as recovery then transitioned to a bit of a push after the KOM.

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Nick Keat
Nick Keat
23 days ago

Aww crap, I went down an Eulerian traversable route inspection postman problem graph theory wormhole in order to find the shortest route and didn’t even get a sensible answer. See https://www-m9.ma.tum.de/graph-algorithms/directed-chinese-postman/index_en.html and http://www.mymathsteacher.com/discrete/postman.pdf and see if you can work it out!

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Chris Panza
Chris Panza
19 days ago
Reply to  Nick Keat

Yep, that tool has a problem with directionality. I don’t that you can create undirected edges with it. You can add both directions, but it looks like it tries to traverse both. Right graph theory, but another tool is needed.

Ron Buch
Ron Buch (@ronbuch)
23 days ago

I’m old, fat, and slow, so one hour was out of the question. But on the distance, I got every road covered in 19.54 miles/31.45 kilometers. Strava map and link: https://strava.app.link/cPTsDuMlBgb

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Ron Buch
Ron Buch (@ronbuch)
23 days ago
Reply to  Ron Buch

Wrong map. Here’s the right one.

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Liam
Liam
22 days ago

https://www.strava.com/activities/5367198010

Missed out by 2 minutes but was 2k longer than shortest

Hub Morang
Hub Morang
22 days ago

“Do a ride on a certain route, but I won’t tell you the route” – that’s Zwiftspirit at its best…. And by the way, even if I’m part of a minority, the new map might by beautitiful in terms of graphics, but it is totally overrated otherwise…

Viktor
Viktor (@viktor_icarus)
22 days ago
Reply to  Hub Morang

It’s not a certain route though, it’s a challenge to find the optimal route. If everyone would head for Eric’s route, that objective would never be met.

Mike
Mike
22 days ago
Reply to  Hub Morang

Jarvis was 2 miles wasn’t it?

Fra
Fra
22 days ago

Is it possible to get al bages in one ride?

Mike Tighe
Mike Tighe (@mbdtighe)
22 days ago

I love this. A great suggestion! 31.36km in 56min dead with 4 bike changes. Should probably have made that two, one at the base of the climb and one going into the city. Now to find a shorter route…

https://www.strava.com/activities/5371598619

MichiganTechCapstone
MichiganTechCapstone (@mtucapstone)
22 days ago

meh— y’all have fun with this. I’ve done this with Watopia, every iteration, and this one is not too much of a challenge. This latest Watopia update with the little shortcuts near the bridges and the maya bridge really [REALLY] made an efficient WATOPIA WHOLE loop tough.

Wade
Wade
21 days ago

For the shortest spanning distance goal, would it be fair play to get to a starting point by sending a domestique to a cleverly derived location and starting off with “ride with”? I’m not certain that would yield a shorter full-coverage route, but it seems like it might…. maybe that’s the unlimited division. On further reflection I guess the same effect could be achieved by cropping in Strava, eliminating the need to have any friends.

Jynxy
Jynxy
21 days ago

Did it this morning 31.3km in 1:15. 🙂

Peter Bevan
Peter Bevan
21 days ago

I used Tobias Baur’s route which is about 31.5km and neatly groups virtually all the dirt roads together minimising bike changes. Directions are R,L or S which are Rightmost, Leftmost or Straight on at a cross-roads. R or L may actually be straight on depending on the junction geometry. Start on Flatland Loop route on a road bike. RLLR back to the banner LLRR to the next banner LSRS through Crit Village R – change to gravel bike LRRL to the Spirit Tree LRL – change back to road bike LRRRRL – village circumnavigation LRRRL past the paddock R – Stop… Read more »

Ryan H
Ryan H
18 days ago
Reply to  Peter Bevan

That’s a solid ride with great instructions; just complicated enough to keep focussed. I saw 19.4 miles to the last R at the junction just before the return to Crit Village. 1hr 4min for me on borked legs (should have been a recovery day, natch)

Ryan H
Ryan H
18 days ago
Reply to  Ryan H
Matt
Matt
19 days ago

https://www.strava.com/activities/5380577785
not technically under the hour due to some technical difficulties with a friend, but short none the less.

Mike Tighe
Mike Tighe (@mbdtighe)
17 days ago

So, to get technical, and go down the Alice in Wonderland of rabbit holes, the way to solve this is using the Chinese Postman Algorithm. First posed by Chinese Mathematician, Kuan Mei-Ko in 1962 to calculate how a postman could best choose a route to visit every point on the map in the minimum time (distance). But, and it’s a huge but, there are 14 odd nodes in the route (a node is a road intersection, and there are a total of 14 nodes but you have to add one node on the climb section to make a proper route,… Read more »

Andrew
Andrew
17 days ago

Obviously not the best route choice, including adding a couple of hundred metres from a double u-turn when I thought I’d gone the wrong way but hadn’t. Made it just under an hour…

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James Thayer
James Thayer
17 days ago

This was fun. My first attempt was to wing it. Not surprisingly, this was not the best solution. It ended up being 23 miles and change. For my second attempt, I printed out the map and plotted out what looked to me to be something that might be pretty close to the best route. The result was 31.29 km. Not bad! Is it the best possible? I don’t know but I pretty happy with it. Thanks for the challenge.

I didn’t bother trying to do it under an hour. I’m forty years and many pounds away from my racing prime.

James Thayer
James Thayer
17 days ago
Reply to  James Thayer

Oops! Here’s the link to the ride: https://www.strava.com/activities/5396934752

Mike Tighe
Mike Tighe (@mbdtighe)
16 days ago
Reply to  James Thayer

Although a different route, your route repeats the same sections as the route most are doing but your ride comes in very slightly shorter, about 60m, but that is probably due to the very slight difference in the finish point. A route to try nonetheless!

Dan Thiede
Dan Thiede
16 days ago

I was a bit longer than you, but I also did a fair bit of overlap at 32.5 km—probably a more efficient way to cover the whole map, I’m excited to try again soon.

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Mike Tighe
Mike Tighe (@mbdtighe)
14 days ago

Had another crack at it, using James Thayer’s route. The exact same distance as before, 30.95km, but a bit faster at 51:47. One bike change, an MTB before going into the forest climb section.

https://www.strava.com/activities/5412962028

George Dooper
George Dooper
13 days ago

Got it!

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Brenda jones
Brenda jones
12 days ago

Can’t beat 31.8 km,but equalled it on a different route tou you Eric. If it had spawned me closer to the farmlands turn, might have just sneaked it.

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Andrew
Andrew
12 days ago

Tried copying other peoples routes, and after cropping on Strava to remove lead in and overshoot, got down to 31.01km and just over 56 mins…

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Jeff M
Jeff M
12 days ago

31.6 km and 53:25 min. I could crop it a. It yo save some time and distance.

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Andrew
Andrew
9 days ago

For an alternative challenge: Are there any nice Makuri Islands routes that do NOT mix up the surfaces? So a full tarmac road so you aren’t dealing with changing rolling resistance and effort based on the surface within a route? I know some people must like/love it, but personally I generally hate dealing with mixed surface routes in Zwift, especially where a section is too short to give an overall benefit from a bike switch but long enough to be annoyingly more difficult on a single specific bike type. Would’ve loved it if they’d added more fully dirt/gravel routes for… Read more »

Mike Tighe
Mike Tighe (@mbdtighe)
8 days ago
Reply to  Andrew

I’ve marked the dirt roads on Makuri on the attached. There isn’t a route through all of them, with the only real practical route to avoid bike changes being to do repeats of the hill climb.

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Mike Tighe
Mike Tighe (@mbdtighe)
8 days ago
Reply to  Mike Tighe

And you can happily do a variety of short or longer routes on road surfaces only, without having to go on dirt.

Andrew
Andrew
6 days ago
Reply to  Mike Tighe

Thanks for the dirt highlights map though, when I get a chance I may try and at least figure out a couple of nice routes that minimize the dirt while maximizing the tarmac 👍👍

Evan
Evan
6 days ago
Reply to  Andrew

flatland loop has all tarmac

Andrew
Andrew
6 days ago
Reply to  Evan

Yeah, I’m looking to sort some longer or more varied routes, now I know where all the dirt is I’ll see if I can create any fun rebel rides 👌

Brenda jones
Brenda jones
4 days ago

At last. 31.4 and no u-turns. Simple things.

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Simon
Simon
4 days ago

After several attempts… 30.65km in <1h. Thank you all for the inspirations for the route! Let me know if I missed something, or else I'm done. …Watopia anyone?
https://www.strava.com/activities/5471017520

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