As a GPS-perfect replica of a grand tour stage, this route is a first for Zwift. The Bologna “Time Trial Lap” route is a replica of the Giro d’Italia’s prologue TT stage raced on May 11, 2019.
The first 3km of this route are actually slightly downhill–enjoy it while it lasts! The next 3km begin as a false flat, but once you hit the flat right-hand hairpin at 6km it’s a hard climb to the finish.
The climb averages 9.6%, with a total elevation gain of 198m (649′).
If you aren’t half blind from an all-out effort you can enjoy some of the landmarks painstakingly recreated by Zwift’s artists. We begin at Piazza Maggiore, which is the main square in the heart of Bologna. Other sights here include the Basilica di San Petronio and Fountain of Neptune.
Next, we cover some cobbled streets lined with arcades, past Porta San Felice (the westernmost gate of medieval Bologna).
The climb begins at Arco del Meloncello with a sharp right hairpin. You’ll know you’re halfway up the climb when you hit another right hairpin. When you see the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca you’ll know you’re almost there. And when you see the giant Scottie inflatable, give it all you’ve got over the line!