One of five routes rolled out with Zwift’s Titans Grove expansion, “Muir and the Mountain” takes you on a loop which includes the Titans Grove “Watopia Preserve” and the Epic KOM. Fittingly named for John Muir, “Father of National Parks”, this route’s in-game description is an adaptation of Muir’s famous quote: “The mountains are calling, and I must go.”
The route’s length and profile make it a nice choice for an hour-long session which includes a hard climbing effort.
Begin by turning left into Titans Grove (reverse direction) and enjoy your roller-coaster ride through the sequoia forest. Hit the reverse KOM section hard if you’d like, but keep in mind the much longer and steeper Epic KOM and radio tower climbs are coming up soon!
At the end of Titans Grove hang a right onto the Fuego Flats road, descending across the bridge and turning left onto the road to the Epic KOM. Climb up through this mountain pass, and when you hit the banner at the top remember: you’re not done yet! This route takes you up even higher as you turn left to take Watopia’s steepest climb: the radio tower road.
Once you reach the tower it’s time for a long descent. Enjoy the downhill–you’ve earned it! When you reach the windmills at the Ocean Boulevard intersection turn right, then another right after climbing out of the ocean tunnel to get back onto the road to Titans Grove.
The first 10km of this route are on the constantly rolling Titans Grove roads. Then you’ve got around 11km of climbing, 7km of descending, and 5km of fairly flat road to finish.
Distance: 33.9km (21 miles)
Elevation Gain: 767m (2516′)
Start and Finish Points
Since this route does not begin near a start/finish banner and your actual spawn location will vary a bit, we had to choose logical start/end point for our Strava segments. For now, the Zwift Insider verified segment begins/ends at the entrance to Titans Grove.
We will be checking the route used for group events and may update this segment or create a new one if the start/finish line moves.