All About Cycling Route Achievement Badges in Zwift

All About Cycling Route Achievement Badges in Zwift

Did you know Zwift has 80 different cycling routes which earn you a special achievement badge and XP bonus the first time they’re completed?

Here’s everything you need to know about Zwift route achievements, including the little gotchas that trip up new Zwifters. Ride on!

Every Badge has a Bonus

When you earn a route achievement badge you also receive a one-time XP bonus for completing that route. This bonus is equal to the XP you already earned for the route (20XP per km), so you effectively double your XP earning rate when riding routes for the first time, helping you level up faster.

What Counts (and What Doesn’t)

Route badges can be earned in two ways:

  • Selecting the route from the startup screen, then riding the full route on your own. The game will make the correct turns for you. You can do this as a “free ride” or a workout.
  • Joining an event (group workout, social ride, race, etc) or Meetup which uses the route, and riding the full route. If the event ends before the route is finished, you must continue riding in order to finish the route and earn the badge.

What will not earn the badge is you freely navigating the route without having selected it from the startup screen or by joining an event or Meetup which uses the route. Many Zwifters have hopped into the game, completed a particular route, then attempted to keep riding and complete another route in the same session. This won’t work. You may ride all the right roads, but since you never selected that route for your ride, the Zwift game doesn’t know it’s supposed to give you the badge.

Your route selection is only saved when you select a route from the route picker menu, or begin a new event/Meetup. So if you want to earn two badges (or more) in a day, you’ll need to restart your session and pick another route, or join an event on the second route.

Routes Without Badges

There are two types of routes which do not earn badges in Zwift:

  • Event-only: these routes are not available from the route picker menu or Meetup menu, and thus can only be ridden in official calendar events. Examples include fondo routes like the Gran Fondo, as well as many reverse routes and after-party routes.
  • Run-only: these routes are only available to runners, and have their own running achievement badges. Examples include Jon’s Route and Hudson Roll.

For a complete list of available routes on Zwift, including event-only routes, see our Master Routes List.

Mind the Lead-In!

This is a big “gotcha” that trips up many Zwifters. Due to how Zwift’s maps and routes are laid out, many Zwift routes require a lead-in: some road you have to ride before the official route begins. I see questions from riders daily that say something like this:

I chose the Serpentine 8 route and rode 21km, but never got the badge. Is it broken?

You have to add the lead-in distance to the route distance in order to calculate the total distance needed to earn the route badge. The Serpentine 8 route has a 7.3km lead-in, followed by the 19.2km route, for a total length of 26.5km. That’s how far you’ll have to ride to earn the badge. (Keep in mind this distance may vary by 100-200 meters, as spawn locations are a bit flexible so riders don’t all start on top of each other.)

You can see this lead-in when selecting a route from the route picker menu in Zwift. The lead-in portion comes at the start of the route animation and is in blue instead of the normal white used for the actual route.

At the time of this post, there are 25 routes with badges you can earn who have lead-ins of 2km or more. Again, our Master Routes List is a big help here: it shows the route length as well as the lead-in length for each route.

Planning and Tracking Your Progress

Some Zwifters like to use tools like Zwifthub to track which routes they’ve completed.

I keep it simple – I have Zwift installed on my phone (even though I never use my phone for Zwifting). This lets me easily sign into the game, pull up my list of route badges, and see which routes I haven’t yet completed.

If you’re looking for a progressive plan to help you complete every route, check out our schedule for completing all badges in 12 weeks.

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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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Luk
Luk
1 month ago

6 toughest still to unlock 🙂

Maciej
Maciej
1 month ago
Reply to  Luk

Did my 3 remaining routes – The Uber Pretzel (twice actually, as the 1st time my laptop died past half way up the AdZ), Mega Pretzel and PRL Full during 5 days between Christmas and New Year, as Rapha Festive 500. Nice challenge, and good Z2 training.

Craig Claussen
Craig Claussen (@cjcjet)
1 month ago

Always remember to keep riding until you get the route complete message. It’s easy to forget how far lead ins are.

TeePee
TeePee
1 month ago

Beware, the route doesn’t always work. I tried the Uberpretzel to get the XP, but it went wrong. I reported it to Zwift, they insinuated I had manually gone off course. I sent them the log which said, “course completed,” so they told me I had done it. I sent them the map from the ride showing them I hadn’t. Now they say they’ll give me the badge, but not the XP. I’m trying to find out if I ride the route again and it works I’ll get the XP, but I’m guessing if they give me the badge I… Read more »

Frank McMorrow
Frank McMorrow
1 month ago
Reply to  TeePee

I completed the The PRL Half and the companion app showed me the achievement was unlocked. It has not appeared on my achievements badges. I have contacted Zwift and still waiting for them to give me the badge credit. They did say that they couldn’t guarantee the XP points. I have a screen shot to show that I completed it. I only have the last 3 routes to do and I don’t really want to repeat something I’ve already done

TeePee
TeePee
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank McMorrow

Honestly I’d rather have the XP then the badge. Does look like they have an issue though.

Marshall St. Clair
Marshall St. Clair
1 month ago
Reply to  TeePee

Thanks for that. I had similar glitch a while ago and the Zwift response was they had no way to credit the badge after the fact. Will know now to ask the next time this happens.

Chris Mccombs
Chris Mccombs
1 month ago

Lutscher and Lutscher reverse lead ins! Ack! A lesson I won’t soon forget!

Joel
Joel
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris Mccombs

One of those you can do a “trick” by creating a meetup that either shortens or eliminates the lead in. 👍

Karsten
Karsten
1 month ago
Reply to  Joel

It works on both 🙂 So use meetup and you will only have to climb once instead of twice on each of the routes

Mick Such
Mick Such
1 month ago

Just the Full PRL left to do. 😣

Eric can you do a piece on all the other badges in zwift.
The standard ones are pretty easily seen, but there are hidden badges that we can get that are not on our badge pages…. But do appear when we complete them… Like… Up to 1200 Watts etc…
Could you list them for us.🤔

Joel
Joel
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Some of the other badges are very difficult to get!

Marcus
Marcus
1 month ago

Great post. I wish I knew some of this when I started. I have been on Zwift a bit over a year now and want to start redoing some routes that I originally got the badge for last year. Is there a way I can easily see my time from last year? It would be nice to have something to shoot for. I am thinking a way I could adjust my display to show my time from last year and maybe my estimate finish time as I ride.

Joel
Joel
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

I think you can also look back through your entire list on the companion app…but it takes a while – especially if you didn’t rename your ride for the day! I highly recommend renaming you badge rides so that you can find them easily.

MHolden
MHolden (@holdenadventures)
1 month ago

Pretty sure I read this in other ZI articles. A great way to get the routes is by creating your own group rides. This way you don’t have to wait until the route you want is on the calendar for today.

Jonathan Blake
Jonathan Blake
1 month ago

Speaking of badges, I have never been able to get an accurate count of all the badges. What’s the total number including cycling, running routes and achievements?

Joel
Joel
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonathan Blake

It just recently changed when they added the 4 new routes with badges. Just open the companion app to see the current count. Also do you mean all or ALL badges? and by ALL I mean the crazy extra credit 5:00 minute mile (running), 26.2 marathon (running, not the cycling), Everest and 1.21 Gigawatt!

Pahvant
Pahvant
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Will we ever settle the total badge count? LOL. You say 143. When I look at the badge list in Zwift it says I am 94/135. But I only have 19 left that arent filled in which will get me to 113. If they are counting extra credit, I have six more of those to get which will get me to 119. Maybe the difference is for the running badges? But if that is the case, why does mine show 135, but the Zwift Insider Master is showing 143? And by the time I figure it out…. Zwift will have… Read more »

Maciej
Maciej
1 month ago
Reply to  Pahvant

The Extra Credit badges (both cycling and running) are not counted towards the total until you unlock them.

Josh Hageman
Josh Hageman
1 month ago
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Brian
Brian
1 month ago

It’s always surprised (and disappointed me) that the running route badges don’t mirror that of biking. There’s only about 15 routes that have badges. Seems like it would be a super easy tech fix to replicate the biking badges. If someone wants to run the London Pretzel (34.5 miles) – they deserve at least a badge!

Luc
Luc (@lucwaterlot)
1 month ago
Reply to  Brian

And also the levels stops at level 21 🙁

Joel
Joel
1 month ago
Reply to  Luc

It’s the free potion currently

Janice
Janice
1 month ago

Recently when completing The Pretzel, Zwift asked if I wanted to continue for a bonus climb after I completed the climb… I was hesitant (and did not take the detour) as I didn’t know if I would complete the route for full XP. Can you explain what would have happened if I had taken the Bonus Climb?

C.L.F.
C.L.F.
1 month ago

Is it still true that you may skip (at least some of) the lead-ins by joining a meet-up? If yes that might be a good advice to mention here, too 😉
Thinking of Innsbruck, especially 😀

phil.i.am
phil.i.am
1 month ago
Reply to  C.L.F.

Absolutely this works for the Lutscher / CCW routes but unfortunately I’ve not found that it helps on other routes with massive lead-ins (I’m looking at you – The Highline).

Paul
Paul (@paul-mcneil)
1 month ago

I went on Zwifthub and a number of routes that I have completed aren’t there. Is there a fix for this? or a way to update the list?

Dan
Dan
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

Zwifthub doesn’t sync to Zwift. You manually set the routes you’ve completed.

Paul
Paul (@paul-mcneil)
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan

ok thanks

Igor P
Igor P
1 month ago

If you join a pace partner on a route, does completing one loop count? Do you have to start at the start of the route and finish at the end or as long as you do a complete loop you are OK?

Seb
Seb
1 month ago

Somebody knows why now there are 140 achievments on my zwift screen and if i count well 39 badges + 80 routes is 119 and not 140?

Seb
Seb
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Thx Eeic but nope i have all badges routes achievment and extra credit badge mentioned on the link. 119 badges but zwift whrite i have 119 badge on 141. 119/141. Maybe they have new extra badge ???

Maciej
Maciej
1 month ago
Reply to  Seb

There are running badges that are included in the total (except extra credit badges, which are included only if you unlock them): https://www.zwift.com/news/23127-running-achievement-badges

Josh Hageman
Josh Hageman
1 month ago
Reply to  Seb

Can confirm it’s 143- here’s all the known extra credit badges

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Gregor
Gregor
1 month ago

Wondering if Zwift will ever add a “completed” date or check mark, to routes you have done. This would help when signing in, while browsing the available routes, and is something “workouts” already do by logging the date, and would be SUPER helpful…

Dan Neesley
Dan Neesley
1 month ago
Reply to  Gregor

From the school of hard knocks and un-earned badges: Yet another route problem. If you are in drone view mode (on Windows or Mac), you know that the arrow keys move the camera all around. You also know that those same arrow keys can (and will) change the direction of an upcoming turn, taking you off the course for a route badge. And cost you the badge. Go figure why two different actions were apparently assigned the same keyboard shortcuts… Earned badges will disappear for no reason. I lost seven NYC earned badges that were there in May 2020 and… Read more »

Joakim Solem
Joakim Solem
1 month ago

I have completed the Lutuce Express 4 or 5 times now but it does not turn up in my badge overview. Any tips or does anyone else have same problem?

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Jaymie Hill
Jaymie Hill
1 month ago

May seem a silly question (I’m new to zwift) where do I see my badges for routes I completed? I cant find them on my profile

Marshall St. Clair
Marshall St. Clair
1 month ago

should also point out if there is a glitch/disconnect, e.g., a freeze up and “resume ride” along the way the badge earning process can be disrupted. I learned this the hard way riding The Pretzel (I did) to get the badge (I didn’t) the other day

Twain Berg
Twain Berg
1 month ago

If you use the Zwift prefs app to go to a guest world on a day it is not officially offered, select a new route and complete and get the notice that you completed a new route at the end should you be getting credit? I have tried to earn London Greatest Loop 3 times now and in the very exact location about 3/4 of a mile from the end Companion stops showing my map progress but the computer shows me moving to the end and earning the new route. I immediately try to end the ride and save and… Read more »

Joeri Nysen
Joeri Nysen
1 month ago

It might have been asked already but I still have to complete the Road to the sky route and I still have to ride up the Alpe x amount of times. If I turn around after climbing the Alpe to ride up it again before completing the route achievement, do I still get the badge if I complete the route after going up and down the Alpe 3 times?

Michael Gravlund
Michael Gravlund
1 month ago

hi
I have done 116/140 ACHIEVEMENTs but are only missing 2 ACHIEVEMENTswhat are the last 22 ACHIEVEMENTs ?

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