Watopia’s “Jungle Circuit” was added with the Mayan jungle expansion in late October 2017. This is a lollipop route, meaning you start with a lead-in then remain on the circuit portion until your legs fall off.
If you choose this route for a free ride or workout you will spawn on the road to the Mayan jungle, several hundred meters before the jungle start pens. Ride into the circuit portion, then remain on the circuit for the rest of your ride.
Event riders begin at the Jungle start pens, giving you a short lead-in down to the bottom of the jungle before starting the first circuit lap. (See Strava lead-in segments below.)
The jungle loop itself is almost 8km in length. In the forward direction, you roll through the lap banner at the loop’s lowest elevation, then ride a gradual climb (~3%) to cross the dizzying heights of the rope bridge. Soon enough you are zipping downhill to the bottom of the valley for another lap.
The entire circuit is dirt, and while this was only a visual change when the Jungle was first released, Zwift modified the rolling resistance of dirt in October 2019. Now, different bike wheels perform differently in the Jungle, making your wheel choice especially strategic when racing!
Distance: 7.9km (4.9 miles)
Elevation Gain: 79m (259′)
Strava Jungle Circuit Forward (lead-in)Strava Jungle Circuit Forward
Strava Jungle Circuit Reverse (lead-in)Strava Jungle Circuit Reverse
You must be level 10 or higher to access this or any other jungle routes. Want to get in anyway? Here’s how to do it.
Jungle Circuit laps are timed in both directions, with leaders awarded a Mayan-themed lap leader jersey.
Pro tip: want to grab your first lap leader jersey? Flip a u-turn and hit the circuit in reverse. Not much traffic in this direction!
Here’s what the jersey looks like:
Event-Only Reverse Version
There is a reverse version of the Jungle Circuit route, but it is available for events only.
- Dec 3, 2019: changed segments and description since Zwift has changed the start points for this route. For events, this route now begins in the new jungle start pen.