Route Achievement Badges and XP in Zwift

Route Achievement Badges and XP in Zwift

UPDATE: Zwift’s Dec 6, 2019 update added 42 more badges to the list of achievements–a badge for every available route!

We’ve added the achievement badge XP to our master list of Zwift routes.

Included in Zwift’s recent update are some new carrots that should encourage us all to explore Zwift’s long list of routes.

Zwift has added 25 routes to its list of achievement badges, which you can access by clicking Menu>Badges in game. Here is the complete list (click a route to learn more about it):

Start and Finish Points

To get the badge, ride the route in a free ride (including workouts) or event. Important note: you don’t get badges for manually navigating a route. You must select it from the routes list, or ride it in an event.

There’s been some confusion about where certain routes actually end (see comments on this post for examples). The best approach is to assume that your lap doesn’t start until you ride through a banner of some sort, and it won’t end until you ride through a banner (typically the same banner you began with). There may be some exceptions, but this seems to be the rule for almost all routes.

Do not simply ride the distance stated for the route and assume you’re done. Nearly every route has a lead-in section which can be up to a few miles long, so if you don’t see the achievement pop up, keep riding!

How do you know when you’ve received the badge? Here’s a route badge that popped up yesterday while my butt was getting kicked in a BRT Criterium race:

XP Bonus Per Badge

Each route has an XP bonus attached, and the amount of XP is based on the length of the route. See each route’s specific XP above.

Our buddy Shane Miller did a quick video on these new achievements–watch it below:

A Small Complaint

Shane alludes to a Zwift UI foible which has become more apparent with these new route badges.

What do I have to restart the game to pick a different route?

This is something Zwifters have been requesting for years. When starting up the game takes 2-3 minutes on a computer, it feels silly to reboot Zwift every time I want to change routes. Let me pull up the route screen and pick a new route!

Into Exploring?

We announced the Route Hunter leaderboards earlier this week. These rank riders by how many routes they’ve completed, plus their time in completing the route. Want to push your Zwift exploration to new heights? Check it out!

Your Thoughts

I like carrots, so this addition is a welcome one. What about you? Will the badges push you to explore other routes and/or ride a bit more?

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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Ritchey
Ritchey (@richard-kohler)
1 year ago

As of December 6th update, the Road to the sky is worth 380 xp.

Markus
Markus
1 year ago

And you can get them by running, too.

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago

Big Foot Hills is worth 1340 xp

Simone Chiaretta
Simone Chiaretta (@simone)
1 year ago

I just made some calculations… basically XP points are awarded by distance… around 20XP per kilometer of distance, no matter the elevation.

Jwiffle
Jwiffle
1 year ago

I don’t think every route is included still. I don’t see Time Trial Lap of Bologna or route of new Crit City.

Jwiffle
Jwiffle
1 year ago
Reply to  Jwiffle

looks like no event only routes

Morten M-Nielsen "Random Danish Guy"
Morten M-Nielsen "Random Danish Guy"
1 year ago
Chris
Chris
1 year ago

Surrey hills – 820xp

Dan
Dan
1 year ago

Road to Ruins = 580XP

Stefan
Stefan
1 year ago

So does really EVERY selectable route give a badge after completing? Im counting 30 Watopia and 5 Innsbruck routes right now. Thanks for answer 🙂

Neil Owens
Neil Owens
1 year ago

Eric, will you be updating this list? Don’t suppose you have a google sheet with them all listed? Thanks for all your hard work that saves us the hassle!

Neil Owens
Neil Owens
1 year ago

Thanks Eric

Stefan
Stefan
1 year ago

Today I rode the uber pretzel and I die get pop up and ep but no badge in the menu:-(

Jesse
Jesse
1 year ago

London PRL full is working fine. Thought I would give a heads up in case people wanted confirmation before attempting the 173km route.

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

Thanks so much for all your effort!
Been zwifting now for just over a month and your work has been a great help getting me started.
Much appreciated!!!

Vid
Vid
1 year ago

Did we already confirm start/end point for the mega pretzel considering it does not start/end with finish banner?

Pete
Pete
1 year ago

This is pretty cool and as an avid gamer that goes after achievements (and beer drinker doing the same thanks to Untappd), this helps keep me engaged. I have 1 ‘add-on’ request here. If you could also show I’ve received the badge on the “select route screen” then that would (sadly?) help me choose what additional routes I need to do if I want more badges *or* even just to confirm if I had even completed said route I would happily accept that! I was looking for what route to do in the AM and couldn’t recall which ones I… Read more »

Richard Barton
Richard Barton
9 months ago
Reply to  Pete

I totally agree with Pete. Showing on the Select Route Screen that you already have that badge would be very useful in choosing what free ride you will do.

Fred H
1 year ago

Tour of Fire and Ice=500xp

Dave Maynard
Dave Maynard
1 year ago

Oh dear god. The high line. Have to go up the KOM twice to get it. Only wanted a quick 10k spin!

chris
chris
1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Maynard

I started this route (HIghland) thinking the same thing about a 6 mile ride and rode over 8 miles. I even passed through the KPM start again. Had no idea I had to go up that beast again. I just stopped thinking I did something wrong (only been Zwifting for 2 weeks). So really it’s not 6 miles?

Pam Peloso
Pam Peloso
1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Maynard

That exact thing happened to me yesterday!!

Ben de Wet
Ben de Wet
1 year ago

Yup same experience here, have to go through an arch at the start and finish to complete route, so the ‘lead-in’ to this one is quite long and only starts once you’ve climbed up to the KOM arch the first and have to do another lap and another climb up to the KOM arch to complete…

VLAD the Impailer
VLAD the Impailer
1 year ago

For those asking for a list of routes you have completed.
Why not do what I did? 🤔

I opened up Zwift on my pc, then went to the garage n copied the badges, by cut n paste, onto a word doc.

Printed it out n placed next to my trainer.

Each time I do a route I cross it off with a big red X.

That way I know what I have left to ride. 👍 👌 😁

VLAD the Impailer
VLAD the Impailer
1 year ago

For those that are complaining about knowing what route they need to ride.

Do what I did to make it easier.

Went on Zwift on the PC. Went to badges in the garage n copied the page and pasted on to a word doc till I had all routes copied. Edited with crop to look good. Printed out.

Placed next to my trainer and each time I complete a route I cross them off with a big red X.

Job done.

Simon
Simon
1 year ago

Bit annoying that you can’t achieve by free riding. Annoying that i have to select then ride a route and finish the ride then exit and start a new route to get the achievement on a different route.

Gregg Taylor
Active Member
Gregg Taylor (@then085329_sfw)
1 year ago
Reply to  Simon

This means that in theory, you should never be able to achieve more than one badge per ride (which really sucks)… However yesterday I got both the Volcano Circuit and the Volcano Circuit CCW in the same ride.

I think it’s a glitch though, as I got the CCW one, rode a little further then did a u-turn to go the other way and got the CW badge straight away.

Bob Hadden
Bob Hadden
11 months ago
Reply to  Gregg Taylor

I had the same thing happen a couple of weeks ago. Immediately after the U-Turn, I was awarded the CCW badge.

Magda
Magda
1 year ago

Eric not sure if you already have this information but just completed Mega Pretzel and is 2140 xp. It ends right where it starts at the volcano exit to Italian Village

Jerry Weiss
Jerry Weiss (@jerrylweiss)
1 year ago

Do you have a post about all the extra route achievement badges that zwift added recently?

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

I rode Muir and the Mountain last night complete without any route changes and can verify this feature doesn’t work yet. Hope they fix it, fingers crossed.

yukr
yukr
1 year ago

Previously, I got XP if I completed the route in a workout.
However, due to recent updates, workouts do not seem to give XP for completing the route.

Andronic Daniel
Andronic Daniel
1 year ago

I finished the route, I respected the whole route and all these badges were not opened in the menu .. YorkNew York .. Eveytghing Bagel

Christian LB
Christian LB
1 year ago

Careful with group ride locked routes. If you start late it may bump you past the start with the fwd group of riders negating your chance at the badge (unless you ride it twice!)

Matt Bright
Matt Bright
1 year ago

I’m trying to get the ride a lap for 14 days badge. Yesterday I only did the innsbruck stage of the tour of zwift. Does that mean I will have to start again?

Stijn De Smet
Stijn De Smet
1 year ago
Reply to  Matt Bright

It worked for me with the tour de zwift stages, so it should not be a problem. As long as you completed the routes 😉

Laura
Laura (@laura-young-9191)
1 year ago

For the volcano circuit and alpe du zwift badges, do they have to be done in the same ride, or are they cumulative?

Matt Bright
Matt Bright
1 year ago

I did knickerbocker reverse today, it says I did it on Strava but I didn’t get the achievement badge. Don’t really want to do it again if I can help it. Any way that this badge can be awarded to me please?

charliebrown
charliebrown
1 year ago
Reply to  Matt Bright

I have 4 routes completed the last days, confirmed in the companion app, but no badges. it was a fun activity, but it does not seem to be working properly at the moment.

Stijn De Smet
Stijn De Smet
1 year ago

Great article, thanks Eric

charliebrown
charliebrown
1 year ago

start and finish points… when you preview the route there is an animation. blue line is lead in, white line is the actual route and distance

Rick
Rick
1 year ago

How about some badges for distance 5,000; 10,000; 25,000… miles or km?

Hugh
Hugh
1 year ago

Add Surrey Hills to this list of segments that need updating – Start and finish at top of Fox Hill.

Darren
Darren
1 year ago

I only joined Zwift last month (January 2020). I promptly started doing these routes (to get the badges, to get the XP bonuses, to unlock bikes and the Alpe faster). The XP from these badges help A LOT in levelling up more quickly… getting to level 12 would be a massive grind without them (especially since I’m on the slow side as a rider)… I didn’t realize that these badges were only in existence since October!

Lag
Lag
1 year ago

Small complaint: Not really a small complaint. You should be able to pick another ride without exiting the app. Really?!

Lag
Lag
1 year ago

Start to finish: I selected a route of 8+ miles only to find out it started 6 miles away at the TOP of the hill. I’d like to see a race event where they have all the riders ride to the start line almost as far away as the whole race. How can it not be programmed to start you at where you are going to start your route. It’s frustrating determining where the end of the route is. I like to graphics, resistance, etc.. but ticked that I can’t achieve goals that don’t account for extra miles and height.

John Winegard
John Winegard
1 year ago

Hi Eric, once you have chosen a route and are riding, is there a way to 1. find out what role you are on if you forgot, and 2. find out how much farther to go? (how much more elevation to climb would be nice too). Thanks! John

Aaron Whiting
Aaron Whiting
11 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

I’d like to see a distance to go banner like you get in group events.

rick alessi
rick alessi
11 months ago

so i completed a route tour of fire and ice , got the badge flashed up on my screen and can see it in my companion app , but when I go to see completed routes it is blank as if I had not completed it . What gives ??

Aaron Whiting
Aaron Whiting
11 months ago
Reply to  rick alessi

Sometimes it takes a while before you see it. Next time you log in, it should be there.

MKD
Active Member
MKD (@ridefree_77)
10 months ago
Reply to  rick alessi

I have the same problem. Still blank and I did it over a week ago…

Frnc3sk
Frnc3sk
11 months ago

Hi guys! Thanks for all the info you’re providing about Zwift. Is any other way to see your badges or achievements out from the app for example in a browser? I mean I know I can see my earned badges inside of the app, but is any other easy/fast way to see it? Thank you 🙂

MKD
Active Member
MKD (@ridefree_77)
10 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

It’s ridiculous! They could at least add a star or something next to routes you’ve already done in the selection screen… Madness!

Snowy Pruett
Snowy Pruett
8 months ago
Reply to  Frnc3sk

You need to manually update, but its a great reference – check out https://zwifthub.com/ – can filter for routes not achieved. Some new one’s now 🙂

Paul Hillier
Paul Hillier
10 months ago

Hello ! Can’t figure out why I have a qty of 94/125 badges to collect when I’m only missing 9 more (= 103 total). Where on earth are badges 104 through 125 ??? Does anyone else see 125 as a total qty of badges available to earn? I’m level 38 so perhaps I have badges available to me to earn I can’t see yet? But even then, why can’t I see all 125 badges?? See attached – HELP ! Losing motivation to collect badges…..

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David Bannister
David Bannister
10 months ago
Reply to  Paul Hillier
Manu
Manu
10 months ago

Couples of elements that could complete the article since I started the badges quest: 1) The distance indicated on a route does not always match the reality. When you see the line on the map drawing the circuit, if it’s blue it doesn’t count in the “route”, it’s just getting to the start point. The route (and badge) only accounts for the white. This means regularly a couple of kms extra so don’t stop until you see the badge achievement appear on your screen. 2) Badges optimisation Volcano circuit is a nice & easy example. Aim directly for the Volcano… Read more »

Stomp the Pedal
10 months ago

Quick question please, are we able to achieve badges if we have a meet up created?

Krissy
Krissy
10 months ago

Yes you can! Have gotten several badges during meetup rides.

lester
lester
10 months ago

a question:you said,”To get the badge, ride the route in a free ride (including workouts) or event. Important note: you don’t get badges for manually navigating a route. You must select it from the routes list, or ride it in an event.”
what does manually navigating mean?Is it equivalent to “ride the route in a free ride” ?

lester
lester
10 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

So,I got it.thanks to Eric.

Dave A
Dave A
10 months ago

I’m new to the forums, so I apologize if this has already been done.

Being somewhat of a geek, I took the route list and created a spreadsheet to track my own progress with badges. Here’s an untarnished, fresh and ready-to-use version if you’re interested…

For the “done” column, 1 = yes, 0 = no. Happy hunting.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_OrFh0EQdTm-XdiLwuuEQkaVI83bmX19

route-badges-snip.png
c andy b
c andy b
10 months ago
Reply to  Dave A

Thankyou for sharing Dave. Geeks shall inherit.

Jay
Jay
7 months ago
Reply to  Dave A

Any chance you will add the France routes to your spreadsheet?

LEWIS JOHN
LEWIS JOHN
10 months ago

I am seeing 120 possible badges on my Zwift. Is that correct? I see some people with maybe 80 available badges and some people 127! Any reason for these differences?

Cheers

Johan
Johan
10 months ago

if I would like to ride alpe du zwift 9 times in a row, can you program that in zwift?
To be clear, once I have reached top of Alpe du Zwift, I want to start again at the bottom without logging out or saving and exiting the program until I have climbed it 9 times.

A Geargirl
A Geargirl
10 months ago

Is there a way to secure a route badge that wasn’t awarded at the completion of a route?

Mike McCartney
Mike McCartney
10 months ago

Eric, ZwiftInsider is a very informative/functional website. I appreciate your diligence and hard work involved.

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