Zwift Route Hunter Leaderboards, p/b VeloViewer

Zwift Route Hunter Leaderboards, p/b VeloViewer

The VeloViewer-powered Route Hunter leaderboards were first rolled out in October 2019. They were an immediate hit in the Zwift community because they gave people a tool to track which routes they’ve completed, as well as a competitive leaderboard for anyone wanting to see how they rank against the universe of Zwifters.

Since then, new routes and maps have been added to Zwift, and we’ve created new Rebel Routes as well. All these new routes are added to the Route Hunter Leaderboards soon after their release.

Additionally, in May 2020 Strava made major changes to their services in an attempt to drive subscriber growth. This didn’t change anything if you’re a paying Strava Premium subscriber, but for free users, the Route Hunter Leaderboards no longer show segment times for yourself or others. Instead, they act more as a checklist of which routes you’ve completed.

About the Leaderboards

There are 10 different leaderboards, each containing their own Zwift routes:

Leaderboard rankings are based on points. You receive points for

  1. Completing a particular route/segment (20 points for each), and
  2. How quickly you completed the route

These two numbers are then added together for your total points count for each leaderboard.

Getting Started

Getting your data into the leaderboards is easy! It’s probably easier on a large screen than a smartphone, but it can be done with either.

Start by visiting the Zwift Insider Route Hunter homepage on VeloViewer.

  1. Click “Connect with Strava”. (If you’re already signed into your Strava account in your browser, skip to step 3.)
  2. Log into your Strava account. You will be redirected back to the leaderboards homepage.
  3. Click “View” beneath one of the leaderboard titles.
  4. If you are not yet a member of the Zwift club on Strava, click the link to join the club, click “Join Club”, then return to the leaderboard page and click “Recheck Club Membership”. (If you are already a member of the Zwift club on Strava, skip to step 5.)
  5. Click “Update Your Times” to import your Strava rides into whatever leaderboard you are currently viewing. You may only click this link once per day for each leaderboard.

Using the Leaderboards

Here are a few tips for using the leaderboards:

  • While they will work just fine on a smartphone, the leaderboards are much easier to browse on a large screen.
  • Click any column title in a leaderboard to sort by that column.
  • Click “View” next to the route title to view that segment’s details in VeloViewer. It’s not always clear where particular segments may stop and start, so looking at the actual Strava info is helpful if you’re chasing segment times.
  • Filter by gender using the buttons at the top-right.
  • Clicking a rider’s time for a particular route will take you to their Strava activity, where you can look for reasons to rationalize them beating your segment time 😄

Can You Ride Them All?

Very few Zwifters have ridden every segment in the leaderboards (114 segments as of August 18, 2020). Can you do it?

A Note About Group Ride Efforts

Due to the location of start pens in relation to spawn points and lap start/finish banners, we had to make a choice with some routes when selecting which segment would be used for the leaderboards:

  1. Start from the start/finish banner (eliminating group event traffic) or
  2. Start from the start pens (eliminating free ride traffic) or
  3. Start well after the start pens and start/finish banner, creating a rather wacky segment with an arbitrary start point which isn’t accurate when riders do multiple laps.

We chose to go with #1, because we didn’t want this to be restricted to “event-only” efforts, and we don’t want segments with a weird start point.

This means many of your group ride efforts will not be included in the leaderboard times. This is especially apparent on Watopia routes which begin downtown, since the start pen is located after the start/finish banner. You may also notice it with New York routes, and some other routes in other worlds.

Shout Out to VeloViewer

Ben over at VeloViewer is giving us this functionality free of charge. But if you find it useful, please consider upgrading your VeloViewer account to a Pro or Pro+ account. Cost is only £10-£20 per year, and you get lots of premium features–read more about those here.

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Suggestions or Questions?

Post them below! Thanks for joining in the fun, and Ride On!

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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Federico
Federico
4 months ago

Is this any different than Zwift Power?

Alan Jolly
Alan Jolly
4 months ago
Reply to  Federico

Yes. Think of it as a Strava add on to see all your segments on a table compared to others

Alan Jolly
Alan Jolly
4 months ago

I love the leaderboards. With the new worlds, I’ve found some new inspiration to get riding more. I wish there were leaderboards for running too.

Bengtson Kevin
Bengtson Kevin
4 months ago

What happened to your PDF route list? I found that to be very handy.

Mark C
Mark C (@rdcyclist)
4 months ago

This is GREAT! Thank you so much for setting this up. It will be another tool in the motivational box. Really marvelous!

Dan Aponik
Dan Aponik
4 months ago

How about adding Cobbled Climbs to the Richmond leaderboards?

Mark Bradley
Mark Bradley
4 months ago

I think the only small issue from a badge hunter perspective is that Veloviewer will pick up rides you completed before the route badge existed. I’ve noticed there are often old times I’ve ridden a route according to Strava, but not according to Zwift.

Mark Leeming
Mark Leeming
4 months ago

I want to unsubscribe from your notifications but I cant see how to do that!

bob
bob
4 months ago

I rode “triple flat loops”, and while strava shows a time for the route, it doesn’t appear on the route hunter in veloviewer. I did make miss a turn buy a few meter but promptly did a few u-turns and go back on track. Incidentally i make the same error when navigating “three little sisters” but that route is appearing on veloviewer. any thoughts on what might be the issue?

Mark Bradley
Mark Bradley
2 months ago

“we had to make a choice with some routes when selecting which segment would be used for the leaderboards”
Couldn’t you have created 2 segments on those routes, one for group rides and one for freerides?

Patrick
Patrick
2 months ago

I’m trying to check off the ‘Richmond KOM Reverse’ and ’23nd St Kom Reverse’ from my Veloviewer Leaderboard but I can’t seem to figure out which route I have to take. I have ridden all the routes in richmond.
Can you advise which route to take?

Peter Schwaller
Peter Schwaller
25 days ago
Reply to  Patrick

Requires manual navigation. Start with any Route and make the turns needed to go backwards on the climbs.

Troels Walsted Hansen
Troels Walsted Hansen
1 month ago

I love this leaderboard, great incentive to ride all the routes and improve times.

Would it be possible to do a similar leaderboard for Zwift sprints?

Koen Vanderbeke
Koen Vanderbeke
13 days ago

Hi Ben and Eric, I love Veloviewer, the data insights and the different leaderboards, I love it all. Last year I did a lot of indoor cycling and completed all the Zwift Routes, I was looking for some additional zwift entertainment, and have now decided to also ride all the event only routes too. Maybe it is an idea to also create a event only routes leaderboard and add them to the already existing 118 zwift routes & KOM’s in the current zwift insider leaderboards. It would bring the number of routes and KOM’s to 160. Additionally, a run leaderboard… Read more »

Dave K
Dave K
12 days ago

I have completed all 4 of the new Zwift routes recently and Zwift awarded my the route badges for them but I have not received credit within velo viewer for two of them. The routes are beach island and two bridges loop. Strava doesn’t have me as having completed any “Strava verified” route segments for those routes which I’ve contacted them about but no solve on that end yet. Any thoughts?

Derren Sanders
Derren Sanders
4 days ago
Reply to  Dave K

I have the same issue

Tord
Tord
1 day ago
Reply to  Dave K

The Strava segments are banner-to-banner, but spawn points for the new routes (Beach Island etc) are after the banner, so you have to make a U-turn, pass the banner, and then another U-turn.

Arthur Rath
Arthur Rath
8 days ago

In your note about group ride efforts you state “This means many of your group ride efforts will not be included in the leaderboard times. This is especially apparent on Watopia routes which begin downtown, since the start pen is located after the start/finish banner. You may also notice it with New York routes, and some other routes in other worlds.” This occurred when I completed it as a free ride, not a group ride. When this occurs, is there a way to manually update the data? How do I get credit for completing a ride that did not update on the… Read more »

Adam Duggleby
Adam Duggleby
5 days ago

There is a fault with the new Flat 8 rebel route Strava Segment, it starts then does two U-turns before it carries on. Not sure who sorts this but thought I’d let you know.

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