Zwift’s Scotland map has beautiful views and purpose-built racing segments including the Sgurr climb, Glasgow Crit Circuit, and of course Breakaway Brae.
But there are only 5 official Scotland routes, so we decided it was time to create some thoughtful new ones. Today we introduce the third in our series of Scotland Rebel Routes. We’ve got one more coming next week!
“Glasgow Crit Circuit Reverse” does what it says on the tin: it’s the reverse version of the official Glasgow Crit Circuit route.
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! Rebel Routes are also included as a separate category on our Veloviewer Route Hunter leaderboard.
This is a simple route: just choose “Glasgow Crit Circuit” as your route, then once you ride through the Champion’s Sprint banner after your short lead-in, flip a u-turn and ride the circuit in reverse.
You’ll head uphill fairly quickly, hitting the pitchy Clyde Kicker Reverse segment (this short KOM isn’t covered by any of Zwift’s official Scotland routes). Then it’s a short descent passing beneath Central Station and winding back to the Champion’s Sprint banner for the finish. Wash, rinse, repeat!
Nothing is flat on this circuit, so be ready to punch those climbs if you’re chasing the KOM!
Getting Started + Lead-In
The easiest way to get started is to choose “Glasgow Crit Circuit” from your Scotland route options, then once you ride through the Champion’s Sprint banner after your short lead-in, flip a u-turn to ride the circuit in reverse.
Turn by Turn
No turn-by-turn instructions are needed for this Rebel Route. After flipping the u-turn at the Champion’s Sprint banner, there is only one intersection on this course. Just stay straight (left) at that intersection to stay in Glasgow and you’ll stay on course.
Distance: 2.98km (1.9 miles)
Elevation Gain: 33m (108′)
Rebel Route Suggestions
Got an idea for a great Rebel Route? Share it below and maybe we’ll publish a post about it!
It would be a nice one for the Tiny races series, but instead of the U-turn, star with City and the Sgurr, then stay in Glasgow (left) after the station. Finish in the second pass of the champions sprint, or for a bit more difficult at the second pass in The Clyde Kicker reverse arch. Curiously, I did this segment before the normal way.
I enjoy the rebel routes but surely doing a selectable course in reverse is making a rebel route for the sake of it as it involves no navigation.
An alternative “Glasgow Crit Reverse” but one which could potentially be made into an official route would be to leave the pens and immediately turn Right, heading down would would normally be the first part of the uphill Clyde Kicker, then you have yourself about a 1,1km “Lead-in” to the Start/Finish Banner at which point Lap-1 of the Reverse kicks in