Our newest Rebel Route is a twisty, pitchy loop using the roads of Yumezi’s Castle area. This route was suggested by Zwifter Anders Fougner. We used his idea, but changed the direction of the circuit so it would end with a short flat section after the key climb, and give riders a short descent after the sprint segment.
We envision this route being an exciting place for crit-style races. Start at the pens near Village Onsen for a flattish lead-in, then climb up to the circuit and do as many laps as the race organizer desires. There’s even a timed sprint segment which riders could contest, although sprinting up the climb each lap is probably enough!
About Rebel Routes
“Rebel Routes” are Zwift rides which are not available on Zwift’s routes list, thus requiring manual navigation.
The reward for your rebel ride? Exploring a new route, knowing you’ve gone where few Zwifters have gone before. And a Strava segment rank in the tens or hundreds instead of the thousands! They are included as a separate category on our Veloviewer Route Hunter leaderboard.
This route is a short, twisty loop contained within the Yumezi map’s Castle area. It has one punchy climb per lap, and while you can get to the start of the circuit in a variety of ways, we prefer to choose the “Three Village Loop” which offers a nice flat lead-in then short climb, taking you to the start of the actual circuit.
The circuit begins at the Castle KOM banner. From there you’ll ride just outside the Castle area, then back inside to the Village Sprint.
Catch your breath after the sprint as you descent for a bit, then turn back around and hit the route’s main climb – the narrow brick road up to the KOM banner.
Then do it all over again!
This route is essentially a punchy climb followed by a flat section, then a descent. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Getting Started + Lead-In
The easiest way to get onto this circuit is to choose “Three Village Loop” from your Makuri Islands route options. This will properly route you until you have to turn left to “Castle Outskirts”. Once you’ve made that left, just keep turning right to stay on the circuit for as long as you’d like!
Turn by Turn
Here are the turns you’ll need to make to successfully complete the Castle Crit loop, beginning by selecting the Makuri Islands “Three Village Loop” route:
- Left to Forest Road
- Straight (Left) to Castle Path
- Left to Castle Outskirts (this is the first manual turn you’ll need to make)
- Right to Marketplace
- Right to Castle Outskirts
- Right (straight) to Castle Outskirts
- Right to Forest Road
- Right to Castle Path
Distance: 3.5km (2.1 miles)
Elevation Gain: 41m (133′)
Rebel Route Suggestions
Got an idea for a great rebel route? Share it below and maybe we’ll publish a post about it!
Great! I agree it looks more fun in this direction 🙂
It somehow ended up in the wrong category in the VV Zwift Insider leaderboards – it should move from Makuri Islands to Rebel routes.
I like to think that everyone is just aimlessly riding around in Yumezi waiting for the update and new routes but nothing is happening so they make their own routes 😀
Done. And I’ll take that QOM even if it’s only for a minute. 😄😄
This would be a great crit route with steering enabled.
I’d like to see the Epic Lutscher, which uses the Ocean Cliff bypass to return to the German Village after descending the Epic KOM. Start would be the Epic KOM banner.
This is clearly going to be added in the future, but if I post it first maybe I can claim immortality by naming is the Bry-Train. Neokyo needs a route just on the rail tracks, the railways and roof tops without heading to the rooftops. Would be a fast crit circuit, with a climb to start on the lead in, could split the pack early with heavier riders chasing down the lighter climbers lap after lap.