Our newest Rebel Route is the shortest route currently in-game (inclusive of official routes and Rebel Routes), shorting the Crit City routes by just 2-3 meters. This quick circuit would be perfect for crit-style races, closely matching the Crit City circuits in terms of lap distance and elevation gain.
About Rebel Routes
“Rebel Routes” are Zwift rides which are not available on Zwift’s routes list, thus requiring manual navigation.
The reward for your rebel ride? Exploring a new route, knowing you’ve gone where few Zwifters have gone before. And a Strava segment rank in the tens or hundreds instead of the thousands! They are included as a separate category on our Veloviewer Route Hunter leaderboard.
You’ll have a short lead-in before you can begin the circuit, and you’ve got options, with four different directions roads all feeding into this circuit! (The Esses, the Volcano, Ocean Boulevard, the Hilly KOM all drop you onto this loop eventually.)
The quickest way to get here, though is to select the Two Bridges Loop route. This will take you over the Esses and the JWB bridge. Flip a u-turn after you go through the sprint banner, then turn a quick right onto the new bypass road to start the circuit.
The circuit starts and ends at the green sprint banner. From the banner you’ll hang quick right past the sea lions, then ride along the water before turning right at the fountain to head back toward the Italian Villas.
You’ll hit a couple small rises here, then descend in similar fashion past the waterfall and onto the cobbles of the Italian Villas. Planning to sprint? Time to rev up those watts – the start line is just up the road!
The Watopia Sprint Forward segment begins just before you enter the tunnel, then it’s an all-out effort for 350 meters. That’s one lap… how many more do you have left?
Getting Started + Lead-In
There are many ways to get to this circuit, but the quickest is to start by choosing the Two Bridges Loop route. This will take you over the Esses and the JWB bridge. Flip a u-turn after you go through the sprint banner, then turn a quick right onto the new bypass road to start the circuit.
Turn by Turn
Here are the turns you’ll need to make to successfully complete the Italian Villas Sprint Circuit, starting in downtown Watopia after selecting the Two Bridges Loop:
- Straight to Sprint
- U-Turn after riding over bridge and through sprint banner (you are now on the circuit)
- Right to Bridge/Islands
- Right to Islands
- Straight to Italian Villas
- Right to Sprint
Distance: 1.92km (1.2 miles)
Elevation Gain: 11m (36′)
Lead-In Options for Race Organizers
If turned into an official Zwift route, this circuit could be given an interesting lead-in which would make for exciting racing.
For example: in a short race, the lead-in could take riders over the Hilly KOM Forward, breaking up the race by making a selection of punchy climbers. Then organizers could select an appropriate number of circuit laps (perhaps 4-6) during which heavier, more powerful riders would have a chance to pull back that punchy breakaway.
A longer climb could become part of the lead-in as well, perhaps the Volcano KOM, finishing with several flatter laps of the circuit.
Rebel Route Suggestions
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