Our newest Rebel Route is a climber’s dream: a loop that begins atop the Epic KOM, descending down to the bypass road, cutting across, then climbing up. It’s a great route if you’re looking to do some ~20-minute sweetspot 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 downtown Watopia to the top of the Epic KOM forward. Once you hit the KOM banner (~14.3km into your ride, after 433m of climbing!) the actual Epic Loop Rebel Route begins.
You’ll start by descending most of the Epic KOM Reverse before turning right onto the Epic KOM Bypass ride. This beautiful newish stretch of Watopian tarmac runs along the cliffside, offering splendid views to your left.
Turn another right at the end of the Bypass and you’re on the Epic KOM climb. Hammer your way to the banner, and your loop is finished.
Then you can decide if you want to do it all over again!
This route is essentially a long descent followed by a flat, finishing with a long climb. Repeat as many times as you’d like!
Getting Started + Lead-In
The easiest way to get onto this loop is to choose “Mountain Route” from your Watopia route options. This will properly route you up the Epic KOM in the correct direction. Once you’ve passed through the Epic KOM banner, the Epic 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 Epic Loop, beginning by selecting Watopia’s “Mountain Route” and riding up to the Epic KOM banner:
- Right (Straight) to KOM Descent
- Right to Epic KOM Bypass
- Right to Epic KOM
Distance: 14.4km (9.2 miles)
Elevation Gain: 378m (1,240′)
Lead-In: 14.3km (9 miles), 433m (1,421′)
Rebel Route Suggestions
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