Route Maps & Details for Zwift’s Richmond Course

Route Maps & Details for Zwift’s Richmond Course

This page includes route maps and basic details for all Zwift routes on the Richmond course.

Looking for other courses? Jump to Watopia Routes, New York City RoutesLondon Routes, Yorkshire Routes, Crit City Routes, Bologna TT, or Innsbruck Routes.

2015 UCI Worlds Course

The Richmond UCI Worlds route is a replica of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships course in Richmond, Virginia, USA. It was at this race where Peter Sagan famously attacked on 23rd Street to eventually win his first World Champs jersey. It’s a wonderful race course, with the first half very flat, then a nice mix of attackable climbs on the back half. The Richmond refresh of February 6, 2020 added the ability to u-turn on Richmond, while also adding the reverse version of the 2015 UCI Worlds course as an event-only route.

Distance: 16.3km (10.1 miles) Elevation Gain: 142m (467′)

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The Fan Flats

Richmond’s “The Fan Flats” was renamed from “Prefer Flat Roads” in the Richmond refresh. It is one of the flattest routes on Zwift, with only 13m (43′) of elevation gain per 5km (3.1 mile) lap.

The route also includes the Monument Avenue sprint segment, making this a favorite course for multi-lap flat crits with sprint points.

There is a short lead-in from the start banner to the beginning of your lap, so we’ve created two Strava segments, one covering the lead in plus a lap, and the other covering subsequent laps.

There is an event-only version of this route in reverse which is called “Richmond Rollercoaster”. This was released with the Richmond refresh on February 6, 2020.

Route details:
Distance: 5km (3.1 miles)
Elevation Gain: 13m (43′)

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Cobbled Climbs

Animated “Cobbled Climbs” Route Details (Richmond) Map
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Richmond’s “Cobbled Climbs” route, renamed from “Prefer Hilly Roads” in the Richmond refresh of 2020, is one of the punchier routes on Zwift, with 126m (413′) of elevation gain per 9.2km (5.7 miles) lap.

The route is essentially Richmond’s 2015 UCI Worlds Course without the flat lead-in. What you’re left with are the pitchy parts: timed KOM segments for curvy, cobbled Libby Hill and short, steep, straight 23rd Street, plus the third climb (Governor Street) which isn’t timed, but is perhaps the longest and most painful. Plus it leads into the false-flat finish!

Richmond’s “Cobbled Climbs” route, renamed from “Prefer Hilly Roads” in the Richmond refresh of 2020, is one of the punchier routes on Zwift, with 126m (413′) of elevation gain per 9.2km (5.7 miles) lap.

The route is essentially Richmond’s 2015 UCI Worlds Course without the flat lead-in. What you’re left with are the pitchy parts: timed KOM segments for curvy, cobbled Libby Hill and short, steep, straight 23rd Street, plus the third climb (Governor Street) which isn’t timed, but is perhaps the longest and most painful. Plus it leads into the false-flat finish!

Route Basics

Length: 9.2 km (5.7 miles)
Elevation:
126 m (413‘)
Lead-In: 0.3 km (0.2 miles)
Map: Richmond

Achievement Badge: 180 XP

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Libby Hill KOM
23rd St KOM

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Cobbled Climbs

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Route Description

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We begin at the standard Richmond start/finish banner, but make two quick left turns onto the descent of E Main St. (This is the longest descent on the route, so enjoy it while it lasts.)

After some flats and rollers along the river the road tilts up and you know what’s coming: our first KOM of the day. Twisty, bumpy Libby Hill! Hammer your way up this climb, then recover for a few seconds as you descend to the start of our next KOM: the short, straight 23rd Street.

This is essentially a “sprint-climb”, which is why Peter Sagan was able to drop everyone in his famous attack here in the 2015 UCI Worlds race.

Do everything you can to maintain good pack position up and over the 23rd Street KOM, knowing you’ve got a few seconds of recovery just up the road on the Broad Street descent. You can even supertuck the descent like Sagan did but can’t anymore – thanks for ruining the fun, UCI!

You’ll need every bit of recovery you can get, because just a few seconds after the descent we begin the final climb of the lap: Governor Street. This is not a timed KOM, but it’s where the race-winning moves are usually made, and it feels so long in the final minutes of a race.

Finish this climb then empty the tank on the false flat straightaway to the finish. Be wary of going too early – that strategy rarely pays off!


Event-Only Routes

The following routes are “custom” and only used for events. You cannot choose these routes from your ride screen, but instead must join an event using the route in order to ride it.

2015 UCI Worlds Course Reverse

The Richmond UCI Worlds route is a replica of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships course in Richmond, Virginia, USA. It was at this race where Peter Sagan famously attacked on 23rd Street to eventually win his first World Champs jersey.

It’s a wonderful race course, with the first half very flat, then a nice mix of attackable climbs on the back half.

The Richmond refresh of February 6, 2020 added the ability to u-turn on Richmond, while also adding the reverse version of the 2015 UCI Worlds course as an event-only route.

Distance: 16.3km (10.1 miles)
Elevation Gain: 142m (467′)

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Cobbled Climbs Reverse

Animated “Cobbled Climbs Reverse” Route Details (Richmond) Map
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Richmond’s “Cobbled Climbs Reverse” was launched as part of the Richmond refresh in February 2020. It is simply the reverse version of the Cobbled Climbs route, containing three challenging, short climbs and very little flat road.

Richmond’s “Cobbled Climbs Reverse” was launched as part of the Richmond refresh in February 2020. It is simply the reverse version of the Cobbled Climbs route, containing three challenging, short climbs and very little flat road.

Route Basics

Length: 9.2 km (5.7 miles)
Elevation:
132 m (433‘)
Lead-In: 0.1 km (0.1 miles)
Map: Richmond

Restriction: Event Only

Achievement Badge: none

Banners and Leaderboards

(in order of appearance)
Richmond KOM Reverse
23rd St KOM Reverse

Strava Strava Segments

Cobbled Climbs Reverse

Route Description

The route begins on a slight descent near Richmond’s start/finish banner, but the road which quickly gets steeper down Governor Street. Enjoy the free speed now, because as soon as you get to the bottom the 23rd Street KOM section begins. This climb ends at the 23rd Street KOM banner.

A quick descent down 23rd St takes you onto the start of the second (and final) timed KOM of this route, simply called the “KOM Reverse” in game. This climb starts off very steep, hitting 22% (the steepest pitch in Zwift?) around the first right-hand bend before leveling into a false flat to the KOM banner atop Libby Hill.

Next you’ll fly down the twisty cobbles of Libby Hill to the waterfront for the flattest portion of the course, which is approximately 2.5km long with a few rollers. This brings you to the final climb of the route, up East Main Street. It’s the longest climb on the loop (1.2km at 3.8%), but is not a timed KOM segment.

At the top of this climb the road flattens out and you’ll turn two rights, heading through the start/finish banner for additional laps.

Richmond Rollercoaster

Animated “Richmond Rollercoaster” Route Details (Richmond) Map
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The “Richmond Rollercoaster” route was launched as part of the Richmond refresh in February 2020. It’s a “lollipop route”, meaning you ride a lead-in to the route’s main circuit, then ride a certain number of laps of the circuit. This route’s lead-in is a wild one, though – hence the “rollercoaster” name!

After the lumpy rollercoaster lead-in you’re on a flat circuit that begins and ends at the Monument Avenue sprint banner. This circuit is the reverse version of The Fan Flats circuit.

The “Richmond Rollercoaster” route was launched as part of the Richmond refresh in February 2020. It’s a “lollipop route”, meaning you ride a lead-in to the route’s main circuit, then ride a certain number of laps of the circuit. This route’s lead-in is a wild one, though – hence the “rollercoaster” name!

After the lumpy rollercoaster lead-in you’re on a flat circuit that begins and ends at the Monument Avenue sprint banner. This circuit is the reverse version of The Fan Flats circuit.

Route Basics

Length: 5 km (3.1 miles)
Elevation:
19 m (62‘)
Lead-In: 12.1 km (7.5 miles)
Map: Richmond

Restriction: Event Only

Achievement Badge: none

Route Description

The “rollercoaster” portion of this route is essentially the hilly parts of the Cobbled Climbs Reverse route. So you begin on a slight descent near Richmond’s start/finish banner, but the road quickly gets steeper down Governor Street. Enjoy the free speed now, because as soon as you get to the bottom the 23rd Street KOM section begins. This timed climb ends at the 23rd Street KOM banner.

A quick descent down 23rd St takes you onto the start of the second (and final) timed KOM of this route, simply called the “KOM Reverse” in game. This climb starts off very steep, hitting 22% (the steepest pitch in Zwift?) around the first right-hand bend before leveling into a false flat to the KOM banner atop Libby Hill.

Next you’ll fly down the twisty cobbles of Libby Hill to the waterfront for the flattest portion of the course, which is approximately 2.5km long with a few rollers. This brings you to the final climb of the route, up East Main Street. It’s the longest climb on the loop (1.2km at 3.8%), but is not a timed KOM segment.

After the rollercoaster, you’ll make your way onto the flat circuit portion of this route for as many laps as your event organizers have planned. Before you hit the circuit, though, you’ll have one go at the reverse Broad Street sprint – the shortest timed sprint in Zwift!

Broad Street reverse sprint – the shortest sprint in Zwift!

This route will lead to exciting races, as the pitchy lead-in lends itself to breakaways by strong climbers while the flat circuit finish should let a high-wattage pack reel in small breakaways. Smart racers will need to look at multiple variables to figure out their best strategy, such as:

  • How strong are you on climbs vs flats?
  • How many flat circuit laps are in the race?
  • How many riders are in the breakaway group(s) vs chase groups?

About The Author

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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Ed Boyce
Ed Boyce
1 year ago

Hi Eric, thanks for so much helpful content. I have a question about Zwift Power and how they DQ or not. I’ll be 59 in a couple weeks, I’m not the average cyclist (5’8.5″ and 215 lbs) so I’m a solid D class rider. Last year I started placing and occasionally winning races. I started hitting 2.5 and a couple times 2.6 w/kg and ended up getting DQ’d and categorized as a C. I took the summer off and now I’m back to D. I’m getting beat by guys making 2.8 w/kg (without a HR monitor) that aren’t getting DQ’d.… Read more »

Mike
Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed Boyce

Hi Ed – I feel your pain. I am in my 50’s and got bumped up to C. I did my first race and finished 9th or 10th out of maybe 12. I took a look at the results to see my stats. I noticed the name of the guy that won the class C for that race. He happens to be local, so I have met him a few times. He rode for Garmin many years ago and rode for United Health Care until maybe two years ago. Makes me wonder who is entering the A and B races.

Paul Hudd
Paul Hudd
2 months ago
Reply to  Ed Boyce

Hi Ed. I’m about the same as you 6’2” and 250lbs. I only started at the start of January and loving getting on the bike in the garage and occasionally on the road weather permitting. I’m looking to loose lots of weight did you find biking helpful in loosing weight along with reduced calorie intake? I’ve just completed my first TDZ race yesterday and loved it but it was hard. I will do. Ore but not every week, once a month. Did you use the training workouts on zwift if so which ones did you find useful. My W/kg is… Read more »

Judy Davinroy
Judy Davinroy
1 year ago

Happy I found this site because I’m new to Zwift and most rides do not have the ride mileage posted on the event. I’m also trying to figure out how to get the full ride on my screen while riding.

Thank you for having this information out there.

Judy Davinroy

Robin Williams.
Robin Williams.
11 months ago

hi.

im new to zwift. need flat routes for post heart operation recovery.
can you help?

Val
Val
6 months ago

Hi – I’m new to Zwift. How do I know when I have finished a course or even better, how far do I need to go till finishing the lap? I’ve now ridden both Richmond and Yorkshire and both times finished short! 🙁

jim
jim
5 months ago
Reply to  Val

hi val. you can google the course you want to ride, just put in ZWIFT COURSE TITLE AND START & FINISH POINTS. It can be confusing using the mileage of the course as some have a mile or 2 lead in which dont count

VITTORIO TRAPANESE
VITTORIO TRAPANESE
10 days ago
I BELIEVE THAT ZWIFT IS MORE THAN A VIRTUAL GAME THE WORLD OF ZWIFT MUST BE TRIED BECAUSE IT TAKES YOU AND MAKES YOU ITSELF. I HAVE A LOT OF FUN AND I TRAIN WELL AND A LOT OF CONGRATULATIONS
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