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

Visit zwift.com/hauteroute to see event details and sign up.

You can also sign up via the Companion app, the same way you’d sign up for another other Zwift event.

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.

View General Classification Results >

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 (shown below).

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)
3 months 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
3 months ago
Reply to  Daryl Verrion

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

JayDee
JayDee
3 months 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?

Jeff
Jeff
2 months ago
Reply to  JayDee

Get your priorities straight 😆

Daryl Verrion
Daryl Verrion (@d-verrion)
3 months 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
3 months ago

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

Fadsagg
Fadsagg
3 months 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
3 months 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.

JoC
JoC
2 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Oooh, I came on here to see what Eric would say about that! Maybe someone who needs Mega Pretzel would care to ride an extra 56km and double the elevation on the Friday and see if they get the route badge. Obviously for the Team!!

Scott
Scott
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Going to hold you to that 95%. Thinking of trying to get the badges for the stage 1 and stage 2 rides by going the 110.7 Kilometers and 72.70. Hoping if I see the badge unlock screen for day one then will know

JoC
JoC
1 month ago
Reply to  Scott

Good Luck!

Davis
Davis
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

I road the rest of the Pretzel today, all the way to the finishing banner downtown and didn’t get the badge. Is that a glitch?

Carl J
Carl J
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

You do get the route badge if you continue on after completing the stage, and go through the banner downtown

HOWEVER, you won’t complete The Pretzel segment, as the segment starts before the Start Pens. So if you’re keeping track on veloviewer.com/zwift-insider, you won’t complete this. 😡

Buzz
Buzz (@jimbo_jim007)
2 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Does it actually start at the start of the mega pretzel route?

Henry Ashman
Trusted Member
Henry Ashman (@h_j_ashman)
1 month ago
Reply to  Simon W

This has worked for me previously. I did the Mega Pretzel on the Le Col New Years Century ride this way, the event stopped after 100km, and I just carried on until I got the badge.

Paul
Paul
3 months ago

Bit tame

Quake2CTF
Quake2CTF
3 months ago

There is unlikely to be a GC this year.

MATHEW M ROSE
MATHEW M ROSE (@matrose617)
3 months 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.

Marky Mark
Marky Mark
2 months ago
Reply to  MATHEW M ROSE

Looks like the schedule is for every hour. 👍

James Metcalfe
James Metcalfe
1 month ago
Reply to  MATHEW M ROSE

3 stages, 1 of them is a work day for everyone.
Stages are short at 50km, so it’s only 2 hours and can be done before or after work.
It’s unfortunate that the only route badge I need is the friday one. I’m not doing 4 hours for the mega pretzel after work.

Steve
Steve
3 months ago

Is it free if you have zwift sub?

Fadsagg
Fadsagg
3 months ago
Reply to  Steve

Of course its free

Fadsagg
Fadsagg
3 months ago

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

Temps 09
Temps 09 (@quatre24)
3 months 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)
3 months ago

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

Carsten
Carsten
3 months 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)
3 months ago

Colnago without Campagnolo! The Horror!

Colin C Ferguson
Colin C Ferguson
3 months 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)
3 months 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.

Sherpa Dave
Sherpa Dave (@dashton)
2 months ago

Good warm up

C.L.F.
C.L.F.
3 months 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)
3 months 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
3 months ago

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

Jim D
Jim D
3 months 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
3 months ago
Reply to  Jim D

Same here too! Keep us posted.

Ken Geens
Ken Geens
3 months ago
Reply to  Jim D

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

Jim D
Jim D
3 months 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.

Shawn McAfee
Shawn McAfee (@smcafee)
3 months ago

I’m sick of every event using the same damn routes I’ve been riding for years. FFS we need more tarmac but the ZHQ folks are too busy with their thumbs up their arse trying to build new hardware.

Bernard
Bernard
2 months ago
Reply to  Shawn McAfee

I don’t see them doing much in the way of building hardware with their thumbs up there.

David Fitzwater
David Fitzwater
2 months ago
Reply to  Shawn McAfee

This is just another way that Zwift mirrors RL. My county planning commission isn’t gonna go out and build more roads because I’m tired of riding the same routes.

Dan
Dan
2 months ago

When does registration open? Is this open to everyone?

Charlie Schultz
Charlie Schultz
2 months ago

When does Haute Route registration open?

Bill Kresl
Bill Kresl
2 months ago

Do you all get to ride the same bike or is that what you get for completing all three routes? Colnago V3R

D Bender
D Bender
2 months ago

Do I need to register in advance for the Tour De Haute (Feb 26th -> 28th) ? I’ve been doing the workouts for the past month and there is a note saying that registration should open in early February. I’m just curious if & when registration opens

Hannah
Hannah
2 months ago

Do I only need to register on Zwift/Zwift Power or do I need to register on the haute route page to? I can’t find this race on Zwift Companion …

Lynn
Lynn
2 months ago

How do I enter the Haute Route Race in Feb

Anna Hartmann
Anna Hartmann
2 months ago

How do you register for the haute route??

Ken Geens
Ken Geens
2 months ago

It’s almost half februari and registrations are still not open!

Reagan Isaac | Anaerobic
Reagan Isaac | Anaerobic (@isaackids5)
2 months ago
Reply to  Ken Geens

Yeah, I’m going all in for the Haute Route, it’d be nice to be able to register.

Brian Perkins
Brian Perkins
2 months ago

The Haute Route Facebook page says registration opens on the 20th.

Eddie
Eddie
2 months ago

Will you get the ‘ Quatch Quest’ route badge for the third stage ? Cheers

Marcus
Marcus
2 months ago

Do we have to sign in according to our zwiftpower classification (A, B, C, D) or are we allowed to choose a group?

Ben's Travels
Ben's Travels (@benstravels)
2 months ago

Is there an entry cut off? Or can I join a timed start a few mins before?

George
George
2 months ago

Given that stage 2 is the first 50km of the pretzel if you carry on for ~20km would you get the pretzel badge? Would you have to do anything beyond just cycling (ie not having to choose route)?

George
George
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Brill thank you. Seems worthwhile given its 10km downhill & then 10km flat by the looks of things!

Sherpa Dave
Sherpa Dave (@dashton)
2 months ago

I did the Alpe last week on your manic Uber Pretzel ride… do I have to do it again…

Pavel
Pavel
1 month ago

Can I get extra XP points, if I finish all 3 stages?

curvenut
curvenut
1 month ago

Hi,

Anyone have an idea of the average time to complete each stage ?
I am a C crider.

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  curvenut

Wild guess for myself (C-rider as well, but actually better in climbing than on the flats) is about 2:15 for each stage, won’t be much of a difference between them I reckon. E.g. the last stage already has Epic KOM (just under 30 minutes) and Alpe (just under the hour for me).

curvenut
curvenut
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

Thanks !
I check the segment on strava but since I am not a subscriber I cannot browse all people on the segments to see their time .

But your 2h15 time is right i think

James Metcalfe
James Metcalfe
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

with elevation gain for the stages of 800m/1300m/1600m I think there will be a reasonable difference between the stages.
I think I’m towards the top of C at 3.2w/kg, and I estimate 1hr 45 for stage 1, probably 2hours for stage 2 and 2hours 15 for stage 3 (65 minutes to get to the alpe, and 70 minutes to climb it). I’ve done it in an hour but at the end of the mega pretzel last week it took me 78 minutes

Ric Liang
Ric Liang
1 month ago
Reply to  James Metcalfe

I’m exactly a 3.2w/kg and I was 1:46 for Stage 1 today. Your estimate was very good

Z. Cheeseburger
Z. Cheeseburger
1 month ago

Looks like we keep the bike if we buy it in the drop shop. I wonder why the E catagory is greyed out and can not be selected on the sign up page. Also how have people already done some of the event stages already when registration was opened today? Is this a monthly or quarterly event?

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

Looks like they are using the stupid points system for the general classification again? Why can’t they just use the aggregated time like most multistage bike races?

At Virtual Haute Route Ventoux, I finished second on stage 2 and first on stage 3 but that didn’t really matter because I finished outside the top20 in the stage 1 mass sprint. 39 points total was the same as finishing 8th 3 times, which was probably almost 10 minutes slower in aggregated time.

I don’t think that’s very fair.

James Metcalfe
James Metcalfe
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

sounds poor. as if the difference between being in the front or the back of one group is bigger than the difference between being in group 1 or 2

Steve
Steve
1 month ago

Can we change bike in the jungle?

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve

That’s exactly what I was wondering. Since they are forcing the Colnago, I bet that you can’t.

Kieran
Kieran
1 month ago

Anyone know where the results from the first stage of haute ar eposted

Sebastien
Sebastien
1 month ago
Reply to  Kieran

All results are on ZwiftPower. If you registered.

Ric Liang
Ric Liang
1 month ago

Is double draft in affect for the event?

Sebastien
Sebastien
1 month ago

Just completed all 3 stages and the finisher jersey is not showing up in my garage 🙁 now I got to chase support…

Pepper X71
Pepper X71
1 month ago

It’s in your garage, when you start the next ride.

Robin Jones
Robin Jones
1 month ago

Didn’t get my Quatch Quest badge from completing yesterday’s stage. Not looking forward to having to do it again!

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

I completed stage 3 yesterday and received the confirmation email that I completed all 3 stages, however Zwift is showing “Activity details could not be loaded.” and below that it is just showing the Distance, Time, Elevation, & Calories which all seem correct. I did not receive the Jersey in my garage for completing the challenge and my avatar reverted all the way back to the orange Zwift jersey and the stock Zwift bike. Did anybody else experience this issue? I rode on an Apple TV if that helps.

Bikewasp
Bikewasp
1 month ago
Reply to  Jamie

Same here chap, done all 3 stages, no jersey. May just be delayed, main thing is, we did it 💪🏻

curvenut
curvenut
1 month ago

The kin to the General classification show nothing, just an empty list

curvenut
curvenut
1 month ago
Reply to  curvenut

i mean the link to the general clissification show no result in the zwift power page

Steven Swenning
Steven Swenning
1 month ago

Cant pull up omnium results for the Haute Route. Stages 1 and 2 displayed great. Using the same URL that Eric posted.

Hass Kicker
Hass Kicker
1 month ago

Can anyone see general classification results for all three stages? I tried https://www.zwiftpower.com/league.php?id=660 but it says Loading…

Dr. Zeuss
Dr. Zeuss
1 month ago
Reply to  Hass Kicker

Eric, any news on why the omnium results for the series aren’t posted yet?

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