On April 24, 2015, Zwift launched Watopia. Here was their message to the small community of beta testers:
Together we’ve ridden 1 million miles (@1.6M km), 333K laps and climbed a total of 44M feet (@13.4M meters) on Zwift Island. That’s like climbing Mt Everest 1.5K times! We think that’s a big deal, so today we’ve launched our new course on the next isle to celebrate. Welcome to Watopia, your new home on Zwift!
As you can see, we’ve successfully moved and we’re ready for everyone to conquer our 10k course filled with fabulous vistas, bridges, and all new terrain. We’re still under construction so please be patient as we work to bring you the best ride possible (helmets encouraged!)…
A few fun facts:
- It took the beta testers 5 months to ride 1 million miles, while in December 2017 the community rode over 700,000 miles in just 24 hours.
- The “Zwift Island” referenced is Jarvis Island, the first Zwift course.
- When first launched Watopia had only one route, known today as the “Hilly Route“. The next Watopia expansion was Ocean Boulevard on December 30, 2015.
- In between these Watopia updates, the Richmond, VA UCI Worlds course was released September 1, 2015