How to hit 50MPH on Zwift

One of the more exciting achievements to unlock in Zwift is the 50MPH “Daredevil.” Here are a few tips to help you get it done!

Find the Right Downhill

Currently you stand the best chance of hitting 50MPH on your way down from the radio tower after climbing Watopia’s Epic KOM. You’ll need to take the MountainMountain 8, The Pretzel, or Three Sisters routes to get there.

Pedal Hard–At the Right Time

The reverse Watopia downhill is broken into two sections–you won’t hit 50MPH until the end of the second section (at the bottom of the hill, going over the bridge). So pedal decently hard on the first descent, then keep that cadence up as it levels out for a short time. Once the second section starts, hit it hard and keep going until you see the achievement unlocked. 

I’ve heard reports of people stopping when their speed shows 50MPH, but not getting the achievement unlocked. My guess is this is due to some averaging going on, so you may need to hold it at 50MPH for a second or two.

Get a Fast Bike & Wheels

Certain bikes and wheels are significantly faster than others (see our lap speed test data). Zipp 808 wheels will make the biggest difference in your speed. For bikes, the TT bike is your fastest option. If you want to go non-TT then the Cervelo S5 is best, or the Zwift Aero if you haven’t leveled up very high yet.

aero-boostUse a Power-Up

Using the Aero Boost powerup definitely makes a difference since it gives you improved aerodynamics for 15 seconds.

Eric Schlange
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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