Rebel Routes: Eastern Eight

Rebel Routes: Eastern Eight

Our newest Rebel Route covers the easternmost roads of Watopia (Fuego Flats, Titans Grove, and most of Ocean Boulevard) in both directions. It also includes one section of road which is only ever ridden if you’re doing The Uber Pretzel or navigating freely (more on that below).

Here’s an animation of this “figure 8ish” route:

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Route Description

This medium-long route begins with a lead-in of approximately 2.4km (1.5 miles) from your spawn point to the desert rock arch. This arch will be your finish line as well, 51.7km (32.1 miles) from now.

Hit the flat, fast Fuego Flats desert, climb out of Saddle Springs, then hang a right into the Titans Grove Nature Preserve. This rollercoaster through the redwoods is a great section of road for sightseeing, but if you’re trying to keep your speed up it’s a real challenge, as the road continually rolls up and down while twisting through (and beneath) the trees.

When you come to the end of the Titans Grove road, turn left toward downtown Watopia, then another left onto Ocean Boulevard. This takes you into Ocean Boulevard’s underwater glass tube. You will turn another left at Sequoia Circle, then left once more to head toward Fuego Flats.

Here’s a noteworthy section of ride: this short climb from Ocean Boulevard to the Titans Grove turnoff is only available if you freely navigate your way here, or if you’re riding the grueling Uber Pretzel route. Many routes take you on this road in the opposite direction, but if you’re wondering why the road feels unfamiliar: now you know!

Now it’s time to hit all of our roads in the opposite direction. After climbing up from Ocean Boulevard we’ll pass the Titans Grove exit, but stay on the road to Saddle Springs and Fuego Flats. This takes us all the way through the desert and past the start pens, then it’s time to turn left for a ride through Titans Grove.

Hit the Titans Grove reverse KOM hard if you’d like (it’s short, and you’ve only got about 9 miles left!), wave goodbye to the redwoods, then turn right to head down toward Ocean Boulevard.

Ocean Boulevard will take us back toward downtown Watopia, but we’ll hang a right before we get there to head back to where we began. You’ll stay on this road all the way to the desert finish. Got legs left? Go all-in for the final Fuego Flats sprint to the arch. You did it!

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This route is basically flat roads, with the Titans Grove rollercoaster thrown in twice to mix things up. It would make an interesting race course, as climbers may be able to get away in Titans Grove, but could be pulled back in on the flats by a hardworking bunch.

Getting Started + Lead-In

Start by choosing the Tempus Fugit route, or any route that puts you near the desert start pens. The route begins at the desert sprint arch, giving you a lead-in of approximately 2.4km (1.5 miles) from your spawn point to the official start point.

Turn by Turn

Here are the turns you’ll need to make to successfully complete the Eastern Eight. Start by choosing the Tempus Fugit route, or any route that puts you near the desert start pens. The route begins at the desert sprint arch.

  1. Straight (Right) to Epic KOM
  2. Right to Titans Grove
  3. Left to Ocean Blvd
  4. Left to Ocean Blvd
  5. Left to Epic KOM
  6. Left to Desert Flats
  7. Right to Desert Flats
  8. Left to Downtown
  9. Left to Titans Grove
  10. Right to Epic KOM
  11. Right to Sequoia Circle
  12. Right to Downtown
  13. Right to Desert Flats
  14. Straight (Left) to Desert Flats

Route details:
Distance: 51.7km (32.1 miles)
Elevation Gain: 340m (1115′)
Strava Segment

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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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Gene Kruger
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Gene Kruger (@gene-kruger)
1 year ago

I do most of my riding as a free ride. I ride a route I call the 3 little sisters(named after the 3 sisters route). I start at the downtown banner an ride through Fuego Flats. I turn onto Titans Grove and ride the loop until the end and turn back towards downtown. Before downtown, I ride the hilly loop KOM. At the end of the raod I ride towards Italian villages but ride towards the volcano instead of the Esses. When I get to the Volcano, I stay on the volcano loop until I get to the volcano KOM.… Read more »

Gene Kruger
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Gene Kruger (@gene-kruger)
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

unfortunately I didn’t have my strava account linked when I rode that last. I will ride this soon and send it. Hopefully next week.

Gene Kruger
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Gene Kruger (@gene-kruger)
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

I have the segment on Strava. How do you want me to send it to you?

Gene Kruger
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Gene Kruger (@gene-kruger)
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Awesome. Can’t wait to giver it a go!!

Daryl Verrion
Daryl Verrion (@d-verrion)
1 year ago

I like the look of this, good distance too! Look forward to giving it a try. How cool would it be for Zwift to give us a route builder option?

Craig Claussen
Craig Claussen (@cjcjet)
1 year ago

https://www.strava.com/activities/3110318442
I call this the Watopia Waistband 8.

Gene Kruger
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Gene Kruger (@gene-kruger)
1 year ago
Reply to  Craig Claussen

Nice route. I will give it a try

Eric
Eric
1 year ago

I kind of like this one – I do a lot of free rides out in that part of the world as it is.

Brandon
Brandon
1 year ago

One of my favourite workouts features is that customer workouts are stored in .zwo files which means you can give them to other people. I like the idea of alternative routes as it mixes up the ride. I don’t want the hassle though of having to select a direction when I approach a junction. If you could therefore create custom route files similarly to how you can create workouts I think it would be a great addition to Zwift. You would therefore be able to put either a link to the route file on your site or you post the… Read more »

Joe Bolan
Joe Bolan (@bolanbiker)
1 year ago

How cool! I did this route (but started downtown) at the beginning of a “do it yourself” 200 K that hit every road each way (minimum) AND did all the “loops” entirely (qualifying for a time on the loop, banner to banner). It is a nice warm-up for a long ride.

Dan Aponik
Dan Aponik
1 year ago

Did this route last night and really enjoyed it. (Getting into the Top 10 didn’t hurt, either) It has all the elements to make it a great all around route. A nice flat start to get thoroughly warmed up. Then a couple short punchy climbs to get the blood flowing. Then more flat roads to cool down after you are done. It’s the perfect distance, too, for some nice endurance mileage or a 90-minute workout. I also agree that this would lend itself to some excellent racing.

Jim Spencer
Jim Spencer
1 year ago

Thank you for posting this route, had fun riding it this morning although much slower than you youngsters.

Chad Quadhamer
Chad Quadhamer
1 year ago

My bread and butter route is basically 4 volcano kom repeats with alternating volcano circuit / volcano circuit cc laps. I Call it QUADS REBEL ROUTE (namely) because if you’re quads don’t burn your not pushing yourself. I start with volcano circuit and turn up the Kom at first chance. After coming down, I chose the ccw. A lap around and back up the kom. Come back down and choose the volcano circuit. Repeat the before mentioned steps for a total of four times up the kom. I finish downtown under the banner for a 51 km ride.

Alli Prior
Alli Prior
11 months ago

I tried twice to find this route and couldnt work out where I was going wrong. I selected the Tempus Fugit route and started the ride waiting to select the first right hand turn into Titans Grove and it never came?? I did eventually get there but I was going in the wrong direction so it was a left hand turn. I’m not sure how to navigate it so I’m going in the right direction for this route?

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