You’ll want to grab your gravel bike for this one, because it’s all dirt. This short loop takes you up repeated partial climbs of the all-dirt Temple KOM. With approximately 1.5km of continuous climbing each lap, it’s a great route if you’re looking to do some VO2 intervals!
About Rebel Routes
“Rebel Routes” are Zwift rides 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 begins with a tough lead-in from your Sea to Tree spawn point to the top of the Temple KOM. Use this climb as your warmup, so you can smash out a lap of the Rebel Route!
Once you ride through the KOM banner in the giant mystical tree the Dirty Temple KOM Loop begins. Descend for 1.6km then hang a right onto the bypass trail. This 1km stretch of trail is rarely covered by official in-game routes (only Spirit Forest uses it, and that’s going in the other direction), but it’s a nice flat lead in to the upcoming climb.
Turn right to head up toward the KOM at the end of the bypass trail. Your finish line is the KOM banner where you began. Then you can decide if you want to do it all over again!
This route is essentially a short descent followed by a flat, finishing with a short climb. Repeat as many times as you’d like!
Getting Started + Lead-In
The easiest way to get onto this loop is to choose “Sea to Tree” from your Makuri Islands route options. This will properly route you up the Temple KOM in the correct direction.
Once you’ve passed through the Temple KOM banner in the giant mystical tree, the Dirt Temple KOM Loop route (and the need for manual navigation) begins!
Turn by Turn
Here are the turns you’ll need to make to successfully complete the Dirty Temple KOM Loop once you’ve begun by selecting Makuri Islands’ “Sea to Tree” and riding up to the KOM banner:
- Right to Fishing Village
- Right to Forest Climb
Distance: 4.37km (2.7 miles)
Elevation Gain: 75m (247′)
Lead-In: 3.2km (2 miles), 106m (351′) of elevation
Rebel Route Suggestions
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