Rebel Route: Petite Douleur

Our newest Rebel Route is the smallest possible circuit on the new France map. With each lap ending atop the Petite KOM, this would make a butt-kicker of a racecourse – which is why we named it Little Pain. Can you make it around in less than 20 minutes?

Here’s an animation of this route:

About Rebel Routes

“Rebel Routes” are Zwift rides which are not available on Zwift’s routes list, thus requiring manual navigation.

See all rebel routes >

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.

Route Description

This Rebel Route begins with an long 11km lead-in from the spawn point to the top of the Petite KOM. The Petite KOM banner is our start/finish line.

From this start line, we turn right at the fork, heading downhill toward the start pens. This downhill segment is approximately 2.8km long, and the only real descent of the route.

After passing the start pens we turn right toward the twisty river road and Balloon Field. Here you can hit the Ballon sprint if you’d like, then turn right at the fork to head up the zigzagging Petite KOM. Once you reach the top, it’s time to do it all over again! Get a little recovery on the descent, then hit it with all you’ve got!


This route is is nice and symmetrical. Remember, there’s a big lead-in before the lap begins!

Getting Started + Lead-In

Start by choosing the Douce France route. This will take you in the right direction for the first portion of the ride. The route has a long lead-in (11km) in which you complete almost an entire lap – the only thing you miss is the descent! (Sorry.)

Turn by Turn

Here are the turns you’ll need to make to successfully complete Petite Douleur. Start by choosing the Douce France route. The official Strava segment begins at the Petite KOM arch, but the turns below are listed in order from the spawn point, not the route start line.

  1. Right to Balloon Field
  2. Right to Ventoux Summit
  3. Right to Mont Saint-Michel

Route details:
Distance: 13.86km (8.6 miles)
Elevation Gain: 177m (580′)
Strava Segment

Rebel Route Suggestions

Got an idea for a great rebel route? Share it below and maybe we’ll publish a post about it!

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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Matt Wheeler
Matt Wheeler(@thisisthematt)
3 years ago

Alt name based on the profile “Pourquoi si sérieux?”

Colin Peerman
Colin Peerman
3 years ago

Brilliant, except that France isn’t on the world rotation at the moment, so a course for hackers🙄

Patrick Tan
Patrick Tan(@cyclistsg)
3 years ago

Its going to get you dizzy with the zig-zags before the 2.7km climb will hammer those legs to pieces.

Good find Eric.

Tino Götting-Pfeiffer

Where is the Rebel Routes “Down Up Down”. Official now there are 11 Rebel Routes, but you have listed only 10 Rebel Routes.

Dan Connelly
3 years ago

Zwift really should have checked with you before releasing France. This route (plus your “Toutes Les Routes” 100 km route) fill obvious niches within France, or in fact within all of Zwift. This is a great option for variable-length workouts.

Douglas C Kubler
Douglas C Kubler
3 years ago

For a shorter prelude I took “Roule Ma Poule” then did a U-turn after crossing the banner.

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