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:

About Rebel Routes

“Rebel Routes” are Zwift rides which are not available on Zwift’s routes list, thus requiring manual navigation.

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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.

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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