How to Ride Zwift’s New France and Paris Routes

How to Ride Zwift’s New France and Paris Routes

Zwifters have been asking one question repeatedly since last Friday’s game update. And that question is simply, “When can we ride the new France and Paris maps?”

There are actually four different approaches you can take to accessing these new routes – each comes with its own dates and other details.

#1: L’Etape du Tour

The second stage of l’Etape du Tour will be held on France’s Casse-Pattes route – a large loop covering most of the new France map’s roads. (It only leaves out the road up Mont Ventoux, and a windy middle section of roads which I’ve been calling the “Balloon Fields” since it features hot air balloons and a “Ballon Sprint” section.)

This second stage has 16 time slots over the weekend, beginning at 10pm PDT July 10th (that’s 1am July 11 EDT, or 6am July 11 BST). To take part, just sign up for a l’Etape du Tour stage 2 event that fits your schedule!

See the full list of l’Etape du Tour events >

#2: Discovery Rides

Zwift has set up a series of “Virtual Tour de France Discovery Rides” which run throughout the week replicating each of the two stages the pros raced the prior weekend.

As of right now, only stage 1 and 2’s Discovery Rides are on the calendar – but stages 3-6 will be added soon. That means we’ll be able to take part in Discovery Rides on stage 3 (France’s R.G.V. route) and stage 4 (France’s Casse-Pattes route) as early as Sunday, 6pm PDT, July 12. Stage 5 (France’s La Reine route) and stage 6 (Paris’ Champs-Elysées route) will follow the next week.

See full list of upcoming Virtual Tour de France Discovery Rides on ZwiftHacks >

#3: Free Riding as a Guest Map

Sources inside Zwift tell us the plan is for the new France and Paris maps to be worked into the guest world calendar. But they’re not saying precisely when that will happen. Will we see France and Paris available as a guest map as soon as the Virtual TdF ends? Or will it be a bit later?

Our guess is we’ll see France and Paris begin rotating in on August’s schedule. But we’ll just have to wait and see.

UPDATE: our sources inside Zwift are saying France and Paris should be in the guest world rotation on or around August 10th.

#4: World Hack

There are various hacks Zwifters can use to access off-schedule maps or event-only routes. The simple world tag hack has been known for years, used by thousands, and seems to be considered acceptable by Zwift HQ. Other hacks require a bit more skill and may be frowned upon by Zwift (although I’ve never heard of anyone actually getting in trouble for world or route hacking of any sort).

The world tag hack does not currently work for France or Paris. But there is a way to “schedule hack” and access France and Paris today if you’re on a Mac or PC. This explains how 83 people have already completed the grueling Mont Ventoux climb Strava segment!

I’m not going to spell this hack out for you, though – Google is your friend if you want to attempt it. Zwift HQ really wants people to first experience these new routes via official vTdF events – and rightly so. I won’t be the guy who spoils that!

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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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Ken Brown
Ken Brown (@ken-brown)
4 months ago

Are any of the World hacks available when running Zwift through Apple TV? Thanks in advance!

Tony R
Tony R
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Brown

Not a chance…

Dave
Dave
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Brown

While not a world hack, you can join one of the TdF rides and then exit the event after the start. That’s the only way I know of with AppleTV to get freeride the France course now. I did Ventoux today this way.

Nigel Tufnel
Nigel Tufnel
4 months ago

A question: is your description of that connecting road ‘windy’ as in ‘there is wind’ or ‘windy’ as in ‘there are a number of turns’? If the former (which I think would be interesting) can you elaborate on how the wind plays into the riding?

John Burgess
John Burgess
4 months ago
Reply to  Nigel Tufnel

Windy road as in winding road and it made me feel sick with all those quick turns 🤢

Charles Rogers
Charles Rogers
4 months ago

Will the “meetup” hack work for these? In other words, can I schedule a meetup on any of them at this time?

James
James
4 months ago

They are pretty nice courses. I feel special with my KOM jerseys even though I was the only one there.

Tim Schneider
Tim Schneider (@tasmobile)
4 months ago
Reply to  James

Lol, I can relate. Use to be that you could ride Watopia hilly in reverse to get the sprint jersey when there were only a dozen or so folks riding reverse. Still, I would take a picture every time. Nowadays, this isn’t an option.

Fred
Fred
4 months ago

You are trying too hard to make content.

Tom
Tom
4 months ago
Reply to  Fred

Always does, needs to get a real job.

Harry
Harry
4 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Poor guy needs to have something to do; you are too nasty.

Emmanuel
Emmanuel
3 months ago
Reply to  Tom

He has a proper job, and it is very helpful.

tempocyclist
4 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Never change, Eric! 😎 😂 🤩

Gregor
Gregor
4 months ago
Reply to  Fred

What does it say about you, that you are reading it?

Brandon
Brandon
4 months ago
Reply to  Gregor

In fairness to the original poster, I imagine when he saw the article he thought that it would discuss how to world hack as the normal method does not work. After reading the article it became clear that it was possible implement an alternative world hack method but no details on how to do it was given. Objectively, this article doesn’t therefore offer any useful information as the first three points have been largely reported in the press and forth point tells you to use Google, which also holds true for the first three points.

DeathElk
DeathElk
4 months ago
Reply to  Fred

You’re trying too hard to be a knob.

martin quinlan
martin quinlan
4 months ago

Is this tour going to be the same as haute route ,so many people just at weekends zwift cannot handle the amount of traffic,same as updates i guess !!!!!

Marcus Berghauf
Marcus Berghauf
4 months ago
Reply to  martin quinlan

Doubt it. More people can ride in real life than back then, so Zwift is much quieter than 3 months ago.

Tino Götting-Pfeiffer
4 months ago

And when come the check-list with bideon’s?

Rose Marie Hawver
Rose Marie Hawver
4 months ago

Can these be used for running at all?

Dave
Dave
4 months ago

Why the hell would this question be down voted!?

Bill Moran
Bill Moran (@billmoran23)
4 months ago

Great post! If Zwift had posted this info when they dropped the new update, they could have avoided lots of angst for all!!

Gregor
Gregor
4 months ago
Reply to  Bill Moran

I’m pretty sure the folks that were feeling “angst” after the update, feel the same way every day, about something trivial.

Ciaran
Ciaran
4 months ago

Will the France and Paris maps be used in community organized races before the routes are available for free rides?

Aoi Niigaki
Aoi Niigaki
4 months ago
Reply to  Ciaran

I don’t know about community organized races but on the weekends there are L’Etape du Tour stages and then it looks like during the week after there are Virtual Tour de France discovery rides scheduled every 2 hours.

https://zwift.com/events/view/929797

Ciaran
Ciaran
4 months ago
Reply to  Aoi Niigaki

L’Etape du Tour and the discovery rides are not races. I was wondering if there are going to be races on the new routes before the end of July.

Ciarán
Ciarán
4 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Very cool, I did not know that. Thanks!

janssen pascal
janssen pascal
4 months ago

Why can i not ride de tour de france stage 1 i cant connect what most i do

Maureen Marshall
Maureen Marshall
4 months ago

Please detail how you get to the start next time for stage 1 France

Waited at hilly loop and missed start..soooo disappointed.

jeff
jeff
4 months ago

christ Zwift…at this point I have been paying you the 15 bucks a month for two and half years…you got the new routes ready? just let us ride them for f’s sake…do your tour de france promo stuff…but let folks ride already…this is getting so tiring…it is time to also deal with your paying customers rather than constantly looking for more and more…do both or whatever…rouvy is looking pretty interesting actually rather than this constant stuff…

Jamison
Jamison
4 months ago
Reply to  jeff

I am a little impatient at having to wait for this “promo” to ride, but in my opinion, none of the AR type of competitors are anywhere near as nice as Zwift. Too jerky to stream, even worse interfaces, having to deal with artifacts like traffic and all that. I’ll take the video game like Zwift anyday.

Angela Kindzia
Angela Kindzia
4 months ago

As of Tuesday, July 7th I still can’t get the update. I am using an iPad.

Hobe
Hobe
4 months ago

Signed up as “going” in the companion app, never pulled into the discovery ride. Restart Zwift, try again, no go. Missed the start. Guess I’ll try again tomorrow.

naan
naan
4 months ago

According to https://forums.zwift.com/t/game-update-june-26th-2020/486770/327 the new maps will enter the regular guest world rotation in August. Presumably the normal world hack will start working from the next update (late July or so) as well.

Ritch
Ritch
4 months ago

Schedule hack works great on Windows, I couldn’t get it to work on my Mac. Ventoux is definitely a level up from ADZ.

Matt
Matt
4 months ago
Reply to  Ritch

I updated this morning and now can’t get schedule hack to work

Phil
Phil
4 months ago

Can anybody help with a turn guide to get to Ventoux when exiting a discovery ride please?

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Phil

Turn right out of the pens. Up the Petit KOM in reverse and then turn right at the top.

Phil
Phil
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Thanks Joe.

Mitchell Bell
Mitchell Bell (@mitchell)
4 months ago

Will the routes be added to veloviewer?

Mitchell Bell
Mitchell Bell (@mitchell)
4 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Thanks Eric

Peter l
Peter l
4 months ago

I’m having problems with the Discovery rides. I register either in app or on companion, then when asked to go to the event i select yes, before the schedule start time, then I’m not taken to the ride, I’m left in one of the other worlds, no one else around me, what am I doing wrong?

Rüdiger
Rüdiger
4 months ago
Reply to  Peter l

For me (Apple TV) the discovery rides have exactly the same interface like other events. For other events you succeed? Which platformare you using?

Clint Perez
Clint Perez
3 months ago

Now that the France/Paris Route Maps are available, Can you please explain the easiest way to access those maps for free rides?

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