Haute Route Watopia Details

Haute Route Watopia Details

UPDATE: Zwift sent out the following email on April 3rd:

Haute Route Watopia is underway and it’s seen a stacked field taking to the start line. To improve your experience we’re in the process of making immediate changes to create an even better Haute Route Watopia for you!

With the events proving so popular, a small number of you might be running into technical limitations/difficulties on your device. If your ride didn’t upload, we recommend following these steps.

Didn’t complete Stage 1 and still want the kit? You’re in luck, as the only stage required to unlock the kit is Stage 3.

We don’t want anyone to miss out on the chance to win the epic prize of entry to an in-real-life Haute Route, so we’re happy to announce that we have another prize draw which we will send you an email to enter on Monday!

We’ve responded to the high demand for more event times by adding several more for every stage. We’ve also added a second category to all events. These D and E categories are identical but will help us stagger rider start times and smooth the load on the servers. Check out all the upcoming events!


Zwift has announced an event in partnership with Haute Route which is being billed as “the world’s most challenging virtual 3-day stage event.” It’s Haute Route Watopia, and it’s going to push riders to the limit as they take on tough routes three days in a row, culminating in The Pretzel!

Open to all Zwifters worldwide, this free event will be the most accessible Haute Route to date. And in terms of participation numbers, it will certainly be the largest Haute Route ever! Haute Route Director Julie Royer says, “The virtual world opens up entirely new possibilities never seen before. Haute Route Watopia will allow more people from around the world to experience the thrill of an Haute Route event.”

Sign up and details at www.zwift.com/hauteroute >

About Haute Route

Haute Route has made a name for itself by creating challenging three and seven-day events in some of the world’s most iconic cycling destinations. Their events are essentially fully-supported stage races for passionate yet amateur cyclists. Some riders race the events, others seek to only challenge themselves, while others just want to enjoy the scenery. Some do all three!

Velo News says, “Haute Route events are at, or near, the pinnacle—for every pedal stroke on every stage—at offering the pro experience, both on and off the bike.”

Test Yourself

In true Haute Route style, this is designed to be a challenging stage event. Zwift CEO Eric Min says, “I’ve looked at the route, and it’s certainly going to be a huge challenge. However, I always like to test myself, and I certainly look forward to taking part.”

Competitors must complete all three stages on back to back days in order to officially finish. Each stage will be run across multiple time zones – see the event page on Zwift.com for schedule and signup.

There will be no make-up days – stages must be completed back to back. 

Event Support

Haute Route events are reputed to be the best-supported amateur cycling events in the world, and according to Zwift’s press release, “Haute Route Watopia will be no exception.” Event participants can expect the following:

  • A rider’s handbook
  • A complete training program to help you perform at your peak for the event itself
  • An exclusive in-game Haute Route kit for all entrants
  • During the event itself, a general classification allowing all entrants to track their performance across all three stages (see it here on ZwiftPower)
  • Additional prizes and unlocks for all finishers (see below)

Stage Details

Over the course of three stages, participants will ride a total of 145km (90.2 miles) with 3,373m (11,070′) of climbing. These are double draft events.

Here are the routes for each stage (click for details):

Stage 1: Three Sisters (47.8km/29.7 miles, 879m/2883')

Animated “Three Sisters” Route Details (Watopia) Map
Animated map provided by ZwiftHacks

The “Three Sisters” route covers Watopia’s three oldest climbs (Hilly KOM, Epic KOM, and Volcano KOM) in a forward direction. While not as punishing as The Pretzel and some of Watopia’s toughest routes, it’ll still put you in the hurt locker with almost 3000′ of climbing!

The “Three Sisters” route covers Watopia’s three oldest climbs (Hilly KOM, Epic KOM, and Volcano KOM) in a forward direction. While not as punishing as The Pretzel and some of Watopia’s toughest routes, it’ll still put you in the hurt locker with almost 3000′ of climbing!

Route Basics

Length: 47.8 km (29.7 miles)
Elevation:
879 m (2,884‘)
Lead-In: 0.5 km (0.3 miles)
Map: Watopia

Achievement Badge: 950 XP

Banners and Leaderboards

(in order of appearance)
Hilly KOM Forward
Epic KOM Forward
Volcano KOM

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Route Description

Route profile by ZwiftHub – the place to plan and track your route achievements!

Begin at the standard downtown Watopia start point, and head directly up the Hilly KOM forward. This short climb was the first timed KOM segment on Watopia, but it’s far from the toughest!

Catch a breather descending from the Hilly KOM banner, then hang a left onto Ocean Boulevard and a right at Sequoia Circle to make your way onto the longest climb of the route: the Epic KOM forward. This was the longest climb in all of Zwift when it was released, but it is now dwarfed by Alpe du Zwift. Don’t underestimate the Epic KOM, though: it’s got plenty of suffering in store, and the super steep “bonus climb” up to the radio tower just adds insult to injury!

Stage 2: Tour of Fire and Ice (25km/15.6 miles, 1161m/3812') + lead-in

Animated “Tour of Fire and Ice” Route Details (Watopia) Map
Animated map provided by ZwiftHacks

Watopia’s “Tour of Fire and Ice” begins in the lava and ends in freezing snow above the treeline. It’s a tour of Watopian extremes!

The route begins at the Volcano banner, then takes you to where the Road to Sky route begins. Therefore, this route is basically Road to Sky with ~7 miles and a few hundred feet of climbing added.

Watopia’s “Tour of Fire and Ice” begins in the lava and ends in freezing snow above the treeline. It’s a tour of Watopian extremes!

The route begins at the Volcano banner, then takes you to where the Road to Sky route begins. Therefore, this route is basically Road to Sky with ~7 miles and a few hundred feet of climbing added.

Route Basics

Length: 25.5 km (15.8 miles)
Elevation:
1161 m (3,809‘)
Lead-In: 2.8 km (1.7 miles)
Map: Watopia

Restriction: Level 6+

Achievement Badge: 500 XP

Banners and Leaderboards

(in order of appearance)
Alpe du Zwift

Strava Strava Segments

Tour of Fire and Ice

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Estimate ride time, IF and TSS, plan your power, and more!

Route Description

Route profile by ZwiftHub – the place to plan and track your route achievements!

Events on this route begin at the downtown Watopia start pier, while free-ride efforts begin at the Volcano Circuit banner. After passing through the Volcano banner you head directly across the land bridge, up the twisty dirt climb to the Italian Villas, then turn right onto Ocean Boulevard to ride through the fishing village and head up the short climb that marks the beginning of the Epic KOM reverse.

But instead of completing the Epic KOM reverse, we hang a right toward the Jungle, climbing a bit then descending to the dirt road of the Jungle Loop. Then it’s a right turn to take us to the bottom of Zwift’s longest climb: Alpe du Zwift. Hope you brought your climbing legs (and climbing bike)!

Stage 3: The Pretzel (72.2km/44.9 miles, 1333m/4375')

Animated “The Pretzel” Route Details (Watopia) Map
Animated map provided by ZwiftHacks

When this route was released it was the longest and most challenging on Zwift, covering all segments in Watopia at least twice. With new roads and routes added since its creation, The Pretzel is no longer the longest or toughest route. But it still packs a punch at 44.8 miles (72.1km) in length with 4,375′ (1333m) of elevation gain.

When this route was released it was the longest and most challenging on Zwift, covering all segments in Watopia at least twice. With new roads and routes added since its creation, The Pretzel is no longer the longest or toughest route. But it still packs a punch at 44.8 miles (72.1km) in length with 4,375′ (1333m) of elevation gain.

Route Basics

Length: 72.2 km (44.9 miles)
Elevation:
1333 m (4,373‘)
Lead-In: 0.5 km (0.3 miles)
Map: Watopia

Start & Finish

Begins and ends at the downtown Watopia start/finish.

Achievement Badge: 1440 XP

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Estimate ride time, IF and TSS, plan your power, and more!

Route Description

Route profile by ZwiftHub – the place to plan and track your route achievements!

The Pretzel begins at the popular downtown Watopia start/finish, and heads out Ocean Boulevard to take on the Epic KOM forward. Once you reach the top of the Epic KOM you’ll hang a left onto the horribly-named “bonus climb” – a steep, icy climb to the radio tower platform!

Then it’s a fast descent back to Watopia proper where you’ll hit the Hilly KOM reverse, loop around through the start/finish banner, onto the Esses then a loop around Ocean Boulevard to the Hilly KOM forward.

Next we head past the fishing village again, but turn right at the wind turbines to head up the Epic KOM reverse. Hit the final climb hard then descend back to Ocean Boulevard for a quick trip through the fishing village, the Italian Villas, and over the Esses to the downtown start/finish. You did it!

Prizes and Unlocks

Zwifters who complete all three stages will unlock the exclusive virtual Haute Route finishers kit by Le Col to wear with pride in the game. In addition, finishers of all three stages will be entered into a prize drawing to win either entry to a 3-day Haute Route event or a Le Col Haute Route cycling kit!

Sign up and details will be at www.zwift.com/hauteroute >

Group Workout Series

Leading up to the big weekend, a group workout series has been put in place to help us train for the race.

The Haute Route Workout Series includes eight workouts that take place over six weeks. Join any event to wear and unlock the official Haute Route kit. See the event page for a workout series schedule >

Ride with Pros Events

Zwift + Haute Route are also hosting a handful of Ride with Pro events, where the group will be joined by a pro rider. Complete any Ride With Pro event to unlock the official Haute Route socks and cap to complete your look.

See the event page for upcoming Ride with Pro events > (none yet scheduled when this post was initially published)

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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Will
Will
9 months ago

Didn’t you already post this yesterday?

Matt
Matt (@thisisthematt)
9 months ago

Interesting to see how much press this has across non-zwift cycling sites

Aaron Lipton
9 months ago

According to the Zwift website if you do any one of the workouts you get the jersey and if you do one of the “Ride with a Pro” group rides you unlock socks and a cap.

Heather
Heather
9 months ago

SufferZest

Bobby Mac
Bobby Mac (@rmacdowell1)
9 months ago

To quote the great Mr. T, “Prediction: Pain!”

Tim Schneider
Tim Schneider (@tasmobile)
9 months ago

I was wondering if there was going to be a ZWIFT tie-in when Le Col announced their Haute Route kit the other day given the color scheme and all. Go figure.

P. Buczek
P. Buczek
9 months ago

I am new to ZWIFT. How do I find or sign up for this event?

Illya
Illya
9 months ago

If I do the Haute Route Stage, will it count towards the Route Badge or does that pier cancel that out and I still will have to do that route again??

Bill
Bill
9 months ago

The GC feature sounds great! But day 3 after the AdZ will be an interesting day.

Neil
Neil
9 months ago

ZWIFT need to really think about these publications, is it an initial publication? if so why the “sign-up” and links to site and videos that don’t work (all now fixed after several days). If this is a formal release with an ability to “sign-up” then you should be able to sign-up to something; you still can’t ! the links take you on a never ending circle.. I just want ZWIFTs communication to be clear and correct, both functionally and factually. Notwithstanding the above, this is a great idea and I am really looknig forward to it. Sadly I cannot make… Read more »

Jon
Jon
8 months ago

As I’m doing an existing training plan I’d like to know some more details on the specific make up of the group workouts. Anyone know where to find this ?

Jook
Jook
7 months ago

During the event itself, a general classification allowing all entrants to track their performance across all three stages

ok, but per time zone or just one classification. Would become a matter of picking the fastest time zone group with one classification

Andrew
Andrew
7 months ago

Did they abandon the ride with pros? I was looking forward to the hat+socks

Tomasz
Tomasz
7 months ago
Reply to  Andrew

There was one ride with Juliet Elliott that I’ve joined, but I didn’t get cap nor socks unlock. Zwift support informed me that this kit parts have not been added to Zwift yet and they don’t know when that will happen. My thought is that never.

Chris
Chris
7 months ago

Why is there no times past 2pm Eastern!? It’s ridic frankly

Matt Whittle
Matt Whittle
7 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Exactly! Why nothing in the evening EST?

Matt Bowman
Matt Bowman
7 months ago
Reply to  Matt Whittle

Ridiculous. I’m on the west coast. Evenings are my only window. Throw us a bone!

EndUser
EndUser
7 months ago

Come now if I finish all three stages of the event that should give me all the marbles in regard to kit … Not all swifters want to do workouts or group rides and instead prefer just to ride the routes 😑

Horst Scheiterlein
Horst Scheiterlein
7 months ago

I like to ride this challenge. But I don’t can look in at 18 a clock up to 21.30. So I can’t ride with you. This is a problem. I look in forum, many people has the same problem, but no help. Please help us.

Seb
Seb
7 months ago

A fantastic event and thrilled that it’s 3 consecutive days with no make-up days, but it’s RIDICULOUS that Zwift HQ completely ignores their USA and Canada-based customers! If you have to work on Friday, you are out!

Mark Mahoney
7 months ago

Regardless of our current environment, training on Zwift is consistently more productive than outdoor with a few exceptions. I used to struggle staying warm when riding in the winter. Now I don’t go out unless its 50F 🙂

Russell
Russell
7 months ago

Was going to give this a go but only 9am and 11am options on the West Coast? With the lockdown you’d think more timeslots would be a no brainer.

Godofzwift
Godofzwift
7 months ago
Reply to  Russell

They did 2 more slot 6pm 9pm EST

Ryan
Ryan
7 months ago

All set to have a go at the first stage this evening. Eric, based on your recommendations from the article, I generally stick to the allez frame with Zipp 808 wheels as I’m only level 16. Would there be enough elevation to warrant switching to the Enve wheelset for the three sisters route? Will use them on the Alpe tomorrow with the Emonda frame for sure.

Tomasz
Tomasz
7 months ago

Can we be sure that there is a difference between kit you unlock after any group workout ride and that one for finishers of all 3 stages? In my opinion it is not clear.

Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson (@michael-anderson)
7 months ago

Hi Eric

Completed Stage 1 during 6 am event today. Went through finish gate and all of my completion data showed on screen but not showing up as completed on companion app. Even shorted me miles. Any suggestions? Was hard and want credit for it.

L. Anderson
L. Anderson
7 months ago

Same Here! Maybe it’s the last name?

Hong
Hong
7 months ago
Reply to  L. Anderson

Same thing happened to me I crossed the finish line, but companion app said, I’m not done & short distance. Also workout didn’t get transfer to garminconnect. That was my best workout, but didn’t get recorded a bit disappointed!

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Alex
Alex
7 months ago

For the 2PM ET / 11AM PT ride, they had >3900 riders. I’ve never seen anything even remotely close to that. Thanks to the non-stop drafting, I finished 5 minutes faster then when I collected the badge in workout mode. Even though I averaged 0.5 w/kg less today (recovery ride) than during the workout. Also great to see how many new / inexperienced riders participated. When I got down from Bonus Climb, Zwift showed the KOM times again and at that point not even half the field had gotten to the regular top. So probably a lot of riders who… Read more »

Ron Stewart
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Ron Stewart (@ronald)
7 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Alex, you are correct. I finished about 5000th (no data available after the fact, but the screen said 4756 or similar on completion) in 2h13. No drafting between Mt Zwift and the volcano for me, but I was in a good group of 6 from the volcano descent to the finish. I don’t know that many took 3 hours, though.

J R
J R
7 months ago
Reply to  Alex

The 5pm UK time ride had about 7850 riders. Kudos to Zwift for making that work.

Peters
Peters
7 months ago

For the 2nd stage the have moe 2 categories a D and E. What is the difference?

Gil Santa Maria
Gil Santa Maria
7 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Today was a mess. At first the screen showed only bikes without Avatar

Brian Muir
Brian Muir
7 months ago

I gave up after a mile of Stage 1 today that took me 10 minutes, clearly issues there with so many riders, like 6,500 on the start line. Zwift ended up crashing on me. If that is the way these events are likely to be then I will be choosing smaller group rides instead.

MKD
Active Member
MKD (@ridefree_77)
7 months ago
Reply to  Brian Muir

Zero issues for me apart from a slow framerate for the first minute or so and that was with nearly 9000+ riders.

Gil Santa Maria
Gil Santa Maria
7 months ago

What is the difference between event E and D? Only the 5 minutes that separate them?

Kari
Kari
7 months ago

I got booted about 10 k into the 2:00pm ride and couldn’t rejoin. Companion app was insisting that I was still riding an hour later. Disappointed that I couldn’t do stage 1

Luca
Luca
7 months ago
Reply to  Kari

It happened to me as well on stage 2 bummer :/

MATHEW M ROSE
MATHEW M ROSE (@matrose617)
7 months ago

I just started on Zwift and thought this would be a great way to get three route badges I don’t have yet. I was surprised to see that you don’t actually get route badges for doing a new route in an event. I wonder what their logic is.

wheresscott
wheresscott
7 months ago
Reply to  MATHEW M ROSE

This is not true, I got the 3 sisters route badge yesterday

JimH
JimH
7 months ago
Reply to  MATHEW M ROSE

You definitely get route badges as long as the event covers the actual route. Since these are advertising the existing routes, you will unlock them if you haven’t already. I got Three Sisters on day one, and will get Pretzel on day 3.

Ward Van Bodegraven
Ward Van Bodegraven
7 months ago

Anyone knows how come i finished stage 1 but the route badge ‘three sisters’ is not unlocked?

Rémi Gavrilovic
Rémi Gavrilovic
7 months ago

Hi. The end of the route is on the start/end arch. The end of the stage was just a few 100 meters before. You probably stopped just after the stage end.
Have fun doing it again !

Gerda
Gerda
7 months ago

Hi, I am new to Zwift and completed the Haute Route stage1 yesterday, however, it does not show as completed on Zwift. I have got the full FIT file on my laptop and have been able to upload to Strava but cannot upload to Zwift. How can I be credited with the full ride?

Chris Cowart
Chris Cowart
7 months ago

Where do you find the overall GC (general classification)? Zwiftpower.com only shows the results inside the wave you rode, so where is the overall result?

Chris Cowart
Chris Cowart
7 months ago
Reply to  Chris Cowart

Here is the overall GC in the League: Haute Route

Byczek edouard
Byczek edouard
7 months ago

Bonjour j’ai fait la première étape le 3 avril mais Zwift ne l’a pas comptabiliser que faire ?
le deuxième parcours la monter alpe Zwift à était comptabilisé ok
il reste le parcours de demain dure dure

Shane
Shane (@wheels_of_fury)
7 months ago

Super bummed out… entered Day 1, first time event. Running Apple TV 4K set up, never had any troubles before. Finished Day 1 but it looks like the file didn’t upload properly. All my stats and effort for the day lost, only thing I have to show for it is an email saying that I completed Day 1. Being relatively new to Zwift (Level 7) I am trying really hard not to be upset about this… but! Hopefully today is better with the addition of a D ride as well.

JimH
JimH
7 months ago
Reply to  Shane

As long as you finished you will get credit. They had network problems at the end and ended up having to recover a bunch of data. I initially didn’t get the ride credit, or the route badge for stage one, and the ride did not upload to my zwift feed or Strava. However, later that afternoon, I checked my Zwift Activities page and it was there. I was able to download the fit file and upload it to Strava. And when I logged into Zwift this morning my route badge was there, and I got the email congratulating me for… Read more »

Mark F
Mark F
7 months ago

Pity the kit is not different depending on the number of stages completed… a simple 1,2 or 3 on the back or 1,2 or 3 stripes would suffice

thewannabeironman
Super Member
thewannabeironman (@wanna_b_ironman)
7 months ago

All done. That was EPIC. I don’t think I’m gonna be able to squeeze a 21k run to complete my virtual IronMan this week end. haute Route and IM don’t go together! (well, at least not at my amateur level)

Glenn Morgan
Glenn Morgan
7 months ago

I completed all 3 stages and did get my 3 day kit on zwift?

Tino G.-P.
7 months ago
Reply to  Glenn Morgan

same same. i did get my 3 day kit Haute Route on zwift

Bernd
Bernd
7 months ago
Reply to  Tino G.-P.

Do you get an additional jersey or is it the same jersey that was given by the workouts?

Kavukis
Kavukis
7 months ago

Had 3 attempts to enter the haute route race causing my zwift app to crash each time. I wonder if it had anything to do with the fact there were 9000 rider that joined. Will the developers work on something to prevent this in future around this time isolation indoors. I would anticipate zwift memberships to explode.

George
George
7 months ago

Had 3 attempts to enter the haute route race causing my zwift app to crash each time. I wonder if it had anything to do with the fact there were 9000 rider that joined. Will the developers work on something to prevent this in future around this time isolation indoors. I would anticipate zwift memberships to explode.

Simon Alexander
Simon Alexander
7 months ago

Hi, will Zwift be posting an overall General Classification result of the three events?

Patrick Meffan
Patrick Meffan
7 months ago

Is it possible to filter the Haute Route General Classification by 2 columns e.g age and time. As a 60+ rider this is the only relevant result. If I filter by age the order by time seems to be completely random

Chris Cowart
Chris Cowart
7 months ago
Reply to  Patrick Meffan

+1 looking for the same answer – thank you

J. Ukkola
J. Ukkola
7 months ago

The Pretzel seems to have interesting feature. When starting from the docks, you’ll miss the normal start gate and won’t get the segment on Strava. Not a big deal, but took me a while to realize what was wrong. 😀

Apoena
Apoena
7 months ago

did someone unlock the finisher kit?
I participated in one of the training sessions and had already received an HR kit, I thought I was going to win another one participating in the 3 stages of the event. I was wrong?

MrTwo
MrTwo
7 months ago
Reply to  Apoena

Wondering the same, it says “exclusive kit” for this 3-stage event. Extremely dissapointed if it is the same kit as when doing a simple 1h workout!

Mike Palanza
Mike Palanza
7 months ago

Hi Eric,

late to the party as usual for me… 🤷🏼‍♂️ Any chance this will be a repeated event? I’d love to take a swing at it. Thanks, Mike

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