Haute Route Watopia 2021 Announced

Haute Route Watopia 2021 Announced

The inaugural Haute Route Watopia in April 2020 was Haute Route’s very first virtual event, and an incredible experience for everyone involved. With almost 70,000 riders joining, Haute Route Watopia 2020 was bigger than anyone could have imagined, prompting Zwift to add more event times and categories at the last minute!

Haute Route has just announced this year’s Watopia event, and it looks like a solid challenge: 150km (93.2 miles) of riding and 3783m (12,411′) of climbing over 3 days (February 26-28th).

Registration

Registration opens early February.

Stage Details

Stage 1: February 26

Distance: 51km / Elevation: 800m

This stage uses a portion of Watopia’s Mega Pretzel route, ending less than halfway through the route, atop the Volcano KOM. The route includes three key climbs:

  • Epic KOM Reverse (6.2km, 5.9%)
  • Hilly KOM (.9km, 5.0%)
  • Volcano KOM (3.8km, 3.2%)

Stage 2: February 27

Distance: 53km / Elevation: 1300m

This stage uses most of Watopia’s The Pretzel route, ending atop the Epic KOM Reverse. It’s the longest stage in terms of distance, and includes four key climbs:

  • Epic KOM (9.5km, 4.0%)
  • Radio Tower Climb (1.1km, 13.7%)
  • Hilly KOM Reverse (2.5km, 1.8%)
  • Hilly KOM (.9km, 5.0%)
  • Epic KOM Reverse (6.2km, 5.9%)

Stage 3: February 28

Distance: 45.9km / Elevation: 1683m

This stage uses the full Quatch Quest Watopia route, which finishes with a climb up Alpe du Zwift! It’s the queen stage thanks to its three climbs:

  • Titans Grove Reverse KOM (0.9km, 6.6%)
  • Epic KOM (9.5km, 4.0%)
  • Alpe du Zwift (12.0km, 8.5%)

General Classification on Zwiftpower

While riders will be competing for stage wins, the overall win is the big prize. Be sure to register on ZwiftPower before the event so you can take part in the general classification competition across the three stages.

New Bike Day

According to Zwift’s marketing for the event, we’ll be riding the Colnago V3Rs in game for the Haute Route Watopia stages – a new bike which isn’t yet available on Zwift! Zwift describes it as a “climbing dream machine”.

Finisher’s Kit and Other Unlock

Finish all three stages to unlock the exclusive 2021 Haute Route Watopia finisher’s kit. (Images in this post show last year’s kit. We haven’t yet seen the 2021 version.)

Prize Drawing

Complete any stage to receive a link to enter a Haute Route prize draw for entry into an IRL 3-day European Haute Route
event! You’ll also receive a £50 Le Col discount reward.

Workout Series (and Kit Unlock)

Looking for direction as you train for Haute Route Watopia? A group workout series begins on Zwift Monday, January 11th.

See/sign up for events in the series >

Complete any one of the group workouts and unlock the Haute Route 3-day jersey.

Starter’s Guide

Download the Roadbook PDF for more details on Haute Route Watopia 2021 including fueling tips and “getting started” advice for Zwift newbies. You may also want to check out the Haute Route Watopia 2021 page >

Questions or Comments?

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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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Daryl Verrion
Daryl Verrion (@d-verrion)
10 days ago

I think this event will be even bigger this year and without each stage being staggered over several days, I just hope that Zwift get their act together so that we don’t see the complete shambles we’ve seen on Stage one of the TdZ.

Fadsagg
Fadsagg
10 days ago
Reply to  Daryl Verrion

With a good setup you dont have strugle with big participant numbers.

JayDee
JayDee
10 days ago
Reply to  Fadsagg

And how will that help me? I am not going to move my gaming pc every time I ride on Zwift. That would be 5+ times a week, you crazy?

Daryl Verrion
Daryl Verrion (@d-verrion)
9 days ago
Reply to  Fadsagg

I personally don’t have any problems with my set up but when you see videos on YouTube (Chris Prichard’s one is a good example) of hundreds of bikes with no riders and constant lag issues it hardly creates an immersive experience and shows Zwift in a bad light. I rode Stage 2 this evening (again with no issues) but the chat was constant in the opening minutes with complaints of riderless bikes and lagging issues.

Simon W
Simon W
10 days ago

For the first two stages, if you were to carry on riding = would you get the route badge do you think?

Fadsagg
Fadsagg
10 days ago
Reply to  Simon W

You only get the badge when the route is choosen. You can ride the PRL Full with free ride but you dont get the badge at the end.

Doug
Doug
10 days ago
Reply to  Fadsagg

That’s not answering the question.

Which, unfortunately I won’t be able to either but what the op is referring to is in events, if it takes place on a route you haven’t finished yet, you get the route badge on completion of the route.

If you start in the appropriate spot for the pretzels, I would imagine you might get the badge if you keep going. If you dont start at the right spot, you won’t.

Paul
Paul
10 days ago

Bit tame

Quake2CTF
Quake2CTF
10 days ago

There is unlikely to be a GC this year.

MATHEW M ROSE
MATHEW M ROSE (@matrose617)
10 days ago

I hope they have a ride going off every hour like they did today so that traffic doesn’t crash it with no time for make-up rides. I also wish there were an alternative schedule for those of us in the Middle East where Sunday is a work day.

Steve
Steve
10 days ago

Is it free if you have zwift sub?

Fadsagg
Fadsagg
10 days ago
Reply to  Steve

Of course its free

Fadsagg
Fadsagg
10 days ago

The workout kit is the same as 2020 ? Shown in tje image ?

Temps 09
Temps 09 (@quatre24)
10 days ago

The link for the pretzel route takes you to the mega pretzel. Did the ventoux weekend all three stages and legs were sore some days after. Good pain ahead next month.

Carolyn Audilet
Carolyn Audilet (@caudilet)
9 days ago

Do you have any news on the XTERRA for us yet?

Carsten
Carsten
7 days ago

Hi Eric, do you think that the Colnago could be a faster climber than the Tarmac Pro ?
And could it be possible to unlock it in the event without spending hard earned drops ?
And are there some new rumors about the Spec. Aethos ?

By the way : thank you for lots of helpful insider information to understand the game better and better and better … !!!

rodhermosillo
Member
rodhermosillo (@rodhermosillo)
7 days ago

Colnago without Campagnolo! The Horror!

Colin C Ferguson
Colin C Ferguson
7 days ago

Looks awesome, but I’m disappointed that they chose to put this on the weekend BEFORE the final race of ZRL season two.

Temps 09
Temps 09 (@quatre24)
7 days ago

In the same boat if my team is doing well in ZRL at the point as it is the playoffs at that point. I look forward to these events as it favors the endurance, long climb, and multi-day in row riders than the 1-2hr one day events once a week. All thou I am hoping for new frame for the garage after three days.

C.L.F.
C.L.F.
7 days ago

Isn’t the first stage going up the Epic KOM Reverse instead of Epic KOM or did I get it wrong?

calayanrail
calayanrail (@calayanrail)
7 days ago

This is more like a compact 3-days Haute Route IRL. A typical 3-days Haute Route IRL is more like day 1: Four Horsemen, day 2: Uber Pretzel and day 3: ITT reverse Epic KOM.

Philippe H
Philippe H
7 days ago

I did the first group workout today and didn’t get the jersey 🙁

Jim D
Jim D
5 days ago
Reply to  Philippe H

Same here. Completed workout # 1 but didn’t get a jersey. I’m opening a support case so we’ll see what they say.

Cr Cr
Cr Cr
4 days ago
Reply to  Jim D

Same here too! Keep us posted.

Ken Geens
Ken Geens
5 hours ago
Reply to  Jim D

Yeah, me too! Have you heard anything about how to get?

Jim D
Jim D
13 seconds ago
Reply to  Ken Geens

Zwift Support responded on Friday and said that there was a glitch that caused people to not get credited for the Haute Route workout kit. They said they’re “working on crediting this kit manually to participating Zwifters” and to allow some time for them to correct the issue. I still haven’t received it as of today, but I’m doing workout # 2 tomorrow, so we’ll see if it is fixed by then.

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