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′)

Strava Forward 1 Lap Strava Reverse 1 Lap

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′)

Strava Forward 1 LapStrava Forward from Start Banner

Cobbled Climbs

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

The route also includes timed KOM segments for curvy, cobbled Libby Hill and short, steep, straight 23rd Street. The third climb (Governor Street) isn’t timed, but it’s the longest and most painful, plus it leads into the false-flat finish.

The reverse version of this route is available as an event-only route. “Cobbled Climbs Reverse” was released with the Richmond refresh February 6, 2020.

Route details:
Distance: 9.2km (5.7 miles)
Elevation Gain: 126m (413′)

Strava Forward 1 Lap

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′)

Strava Forward 1 Lap Strava Reverse 1 Lap

Cobbled Climbs Reverse

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.

Event Only

This route is event-only, meaning you can only ride it by joining an event held on this route. See all upcoming events on this route at ZwiftPower.com >

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.

Route details:
Distance: 9.1km (5.7 miles)
Elevation Gain: 126m (413′)

Strava Segment

Richmond Rollercoaster

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.

Event Only

This route is event-only, meaning you can only ride it by joining an event held on this route. See all upcoming events on this route at ZwiftPower.com >

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.

Richmond Rollercoaster Route Profile: 1 Lap

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!

Race Strategy

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 Lap Counts and Distances

The laps begin and end at the Monument Avenue sprint banner, meaning you’ll have a ~12km (7.5 mile) lead-in with 151m (495′) of climbing before your first lap begins. Each flat circuit lap is 5km (3.1 miles) long, so a 1-lap race here will be 12+5=17km long, while a 2-lap race would be 12+5+5=22km long, etc.

Route details (1 Lap):
Distance: 17.1km (10.6 miles)
Elevation Gain: 151m (495′)

Lead-In + Flat Circuit Strava Segment Flat Circuit Strava Segment