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):
- Volcano Circuit (80XP)
- Watopia Hilly Route (180XP)
- Volcano Climb (460XP)
- Sand and Sequoias (400XP)
- Three Sisters (950XP)
- London Loop (300XP)
- Greater London Flat (230XP)
- London 8 (410XP)
- Surrey Hills (820XP)
- London Classique (110XP)
- Richmond Hilly Roads (180XP)
- Richmond Flat Roads (100XP)
- Richmond UCI World Championships (320XP)
- Knickerbocker (450XP)
- Astoria Line 8 (230XP)
- Everything Bagel (690XP)
- Park Perimeter Loop (190XP)
- Grand Central Circuit (140XP)
- Achterbahn (950XP)
- Innbruckring (170XP)
- 2018 UCI Worlds Short Lap (470XP)
- 2019 UCI Worlds Harrogate Circuit (270XP)
- Royal Pump Room 8 (550XP)
- Queen’s Highway (60XP)
- Duchy Estate (60XP)
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!
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!
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?