“Climber’s Gambit” Route Details (Watopia)

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Launched in Zwift’s August 2021 update, this event-only route was created to host Zwift Academy Road 2021‘s “advanced” Baseline and Finish Line rides. 

Launched in Zwift’s August 2021 update, this event-only route was created to host Zwift Academy Road 2021‘s “advanced” Baseline and Finish Line rides. 

Route Basics

Length: 27.9 km (17.3 miles)
Elevation:
670 m (2,198‘)
Lead-In: 0 km ( miles)
Map: Watopia

Start & Finish

Begins at Downtown Watopia start pen, ends atop the Epic KOM.

Restriction: Event Only

Banners and Leaderboards

(in order of appearance)
Sprint Reverse
Titans Grove Reverse KOM
Epic KOM Reverse

Strava Strava Segments

Climber's Gambit

Route Description

This route was designed to hit three different segments which test your sprint, VO2, and threshold power:

This is the “advanced” route for Zwift Academy Baseline and Finish Line rides. It was designed with a longer threshold segment than the Legends and Lava route (which uses the Volcano KOM) so more experienced riders would have a longer segment to use for their efforts.

Beginning at the Downtown Watopia start pens, we head to The Esses and hit the Sprint Reverse just a couple of minutes out of the gate. This is a short sprint (around 10 seconds long) so it shouldn’t sap the legs much.

Then we go through the Italian Villas and up the start of the Hilly KOM Reverse before cutting across and descending to Ocean Boulevard, where we turn left for an easy climb to Titans Grove. Then you’re in for a twisty, rollercoaster ride that takes you to the beginning of your next timed segment: the Titans Grove Reverse KOM!

Catch your breath as you descend down to the misty valley of the dinosaurs, then climb out of Titans Grove and take the Ocean Boulevard tube toward the Fishing Village. We’ll hang a left at the wind turbines and head across the docks to our final challenge: the Epic KOM Reverse.

Give this climb all you’ve got, and once you cross the banner at the top, the route is officially complete. But why not spin those legs out for a cooldown as you descend back to sea level?

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Buddy The Elf
Buddy The Elf
1 month ago

Thanks for the write up Eric. Curious if you know where riders will be auto-directed after the completion of the route? Do riders descend and go back downtown to begin another lap?

Kevin 'Eagle Eye'
Kevin 'Eagle Eye'
1 month ago
Reply to  Buddy The Elf

We had someone continue riding it this morning. It just kept looping him on the Hilly KOM

Buddy The Elf
Buddy The Elf
1 month ago

Thanks Kevin. Did it loop them on the Reverse Epic KOM or Reverse Hilly KOM?

Roule Thoune
Roule Thoune
27 days ago
Reply to  Buddy The Elf

We did this route on a 2-hour group ride today. At the first T-junction that follows the descent from the Reverse Epic KOM (i.e. next to the Jarvis Tree), half were sent left, half right. It seemed to be at random. I was sent left, via the esses (I think), eventually doing repeating circuits of the Forward Hilly Loop. I didn’t quite grasp what those who went right did, as there were reports of further splits within the subgroups, but I got the impression that many were doing the Reverse Hilly Loop circuit, because we were passing each other on… Read more »

KB824
KB824
1 month ago

this isn’t an event only route right

KB824
KB824
27 days ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

shoot, was pretty excited to do it and im in the c group for zwift academy so I’m going to do the other new route

Andrew
Andrew
26 days ago
Reply to  KB824

You could always try and fit in an extra ride that week and do the Gambit route after the C route …assuming your legs don’t murder you for even thinking of it, LOL

Elliott
Elliott
25 days ago
Reply to  Andrew

ha! I think i am just going to do climbers gambit for the baseline and i’ll just get dropped, does not matter too much since drafting is disabled anyway

a_super_duper_fast_missle
a_super_duper_fast_missle
29 days ago

No XP badge, just did this with JETT – ouchy? Legends of Lava looks like a good group ride

Roule Thoune
Roule Thoune
28 days ago

AFAIK, for event-only routes there are no badges and no double XP for completion.

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