“Four Horsemen” Route Details (Watopia)

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Route Basics

Length: 89.3 km (55.5 miles)
Elevation:
2112 m (6,929‘)
Lead-In: 0.6 km (0.4 miles)
Map: Watopia

Restriction: Level 6+

Achievement Badge: 1780 XP

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Route Description

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When it was released in March 2018, the “Four Horsemen” covered all of Watopia’s timed climbs: the original Hilly KOM, Volcano KOM, Epic KOM, and Alpe du Zwift. Along the way it also covered (nearly) every bit of Watopian road.

The Fuego Flats and Titans Grove extensions were released after this route launched, so Four Horsemen is no longer a nearly complete tour of Watopia.

Want to hit both sides of every KOM in one ride? Check out our KOMonster Rebel Route!

This is no leisure tour: be ready to work as you climb over 2000 meters in just under 90 kilometers! And be warned: hitting the Alpe after working your way over the previous climbs proves to be both a mental and physical challenge. Prepare yourself!

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James Metcalfe
James Metcalfe
10 months ago

I was prepared for the climbing, i wasn’t expecting the hardest part of the route to be the 15km of gravel AFTER descending the alp. This surface “feature” makes the jungle loop unbearable for me, which makes the alpe inaccessible. I can’t see why anyone would think this feature is a good idea, I mean fine for short sections but the jungle loop is not a short section, and having to put out 200watts to maintain a speed below 30kmh on a downhill is just a farce. Swapping bikes mid route is a joke and I don’t want to climb… Read more »

MATHEW M ROSE
MATHEW M ROSE (@matrose617)
9 months ago
Reply to  James Metcalfe

Yeah, I wanted to turn Überpretzel into my first vCentury, but I cut the ride at 93 miles after descending the Alpe and realizing I didn’t know how to avoid the gravel. I’m absolutely going to pause the ride and switch over to a MTB for this route, because I agree that the gravel feature is not for me in virtual riding (although, strangely, I like it when riding with my kids IRL).

Greg Schisla
Greg Schisla
1 month ago
Reply to  James Metcalfe

Cry more.

Or maybe pedal harder?

Lara cowden
Lara cowden (@laracowden)
7 months ago

Should note that this includes the bonus climb

Julián Alzate
Julián Alzate
6 months ago

Well, another lost badge, last week no luck with uber pretzel and some others had the same issue, today finished four horsemen and no, no badge, rode even up the zwift Kom just in case and no luck there, went down again and no, definitely no badge. Another bug? A total of 95km and no badge and no xp.

Sam Cates
Sam Cates (@sam_cates)
5 months ago
Reply to  Julián Alzate

I’m the same. Did it today…no badge. Soooo frustrating.

jack
jack
5 months ago

i did this course and got no badge, this is the reply i got from zwift support. Thanks for reaching out to us! I’m sorry to hear that you aren’t seeing the badge that you were expecting, but I’m happy to provide more information. Many of the courses in Zwift have lead-ins that aren’t part of the main route, and this portion doesn’t count toward the badge achievement. To earn a particular route badge, you’ll have to complete the lead-in to get to the route and then ride the full distance on the route. While I’d like to credit your… Read more »

Julián Alzate
Julián Alzate
5 months ago
Reply to  jack

I received the same answer for the Uber Pretzel, it is a predetermined answer, I wrote them again with proof that I finished it all and they haven’t said anything yet. I hate when they say about the lead in, that is beyond obvious and is a lead in, it comes first so you either do it or do it.

kieran
kieran
26 days ago
Reply to  Julián Alzate

have you contacted blue Peter? heard they have a pretty cool badge? maby if you send them a message they take pity and send you one? or perhaps you could just jump back on your bike and send it like a man 😥

Flavio Mrack
Flavio Mrack
2 months ago
Reply to  jack

Same situation but I’ve found out what happened. I use Zwift on a iPad, if I change the app during the route (just for a while) I can come back to Zwift and complete the route but I dont’t get the badge. Só my tip is: don’t ever change the Zwift app while riding on Zwift.

Brian
Brian
5 months ago

It definitely seems like there’s a bug with this route currently because I rode it for the first time this afternoon and also didn’t get the badge or XP. Like Julián above I also went back up the Zwift KOM a second time just in case and stretched the ride well past the 90 km (route + lead in), so it’s not an “oops you forgot the lead in” issue. I liked the ride (well, except for the jungle…) but am bummed about the badge.

Julián Alzate
Julián Alzate
5 months ago
Reply to  Brian

That lead in excuse from swift is beyond lame to me, it comes firts on the route, there is no way you can just forget it and we all now that the end of every route is crossing some banner so we just don’t ride X amount of km and that is it, we ride and we make sure to cross a banner and besides the lead in for this route, or the uber which I had the same problem, are short, is not like we have lead ins of more than 10k like in Innsbruck. And yes, the route… Read more »

David BigJohn
David BigJohn
5 months ago

This was supposed to be my last badge. I stretched it even to 109km.
In Strava I could see that I had completed the “Four Horsemen (Zwift Insider Verified)” segment.
After the “missed” (also not given badge) Uber Pretzel last weekend it is a shame that Zwift hasn’t fixed it yet.
I was entertaining though to see myself in the live Vlog of GPLama (who did Quatch Quest) on Youtube!

SIMON RIZK
SIMON RIZK
5 months ago

I did it 2 times and no badge is there a limit of time to be completed?

Julián Alzate
Julián Alzate
5 months ago
Reply to  SIMON RIZK

There is no time limit, zwift is just not giving the badge, same situation with the uber pretzel and if you write to them they write you back with a lame excuse related to the lead in and in theory you can write to them again sending proof that you did the whole route and guess what, they just don’t write back again.

Flavio Mrack
Flavio Mrack
2 months ago
Reply to  Julián Alzate

Same situation but I’ve found out what happened. I use Zwift on a iPad, if I change the app during the route (just for a while) I can come back to Zwift and complete the route but I dont’t get the badge.

David Jones
David Jones (@david-jones150)
3 months ago

Aero bike for this route, or Tarmac Pro?

Biggins
Biggins
2 months ago
Reply to  David Jones

Tarmac or Emonda all the way

Biggins
Biggins
2 months ago
Reply to  Biggins

I also completed at weekend and got badge no problem. Jungle is annoying but easily achievable, didn’t slow me down that much.

Bert Marchal
Bert Marchal
2 months ago

Did it today, got the badge 🙂 I used the Hunter’s Challenge ‘the mega’ workout with my ftp set to 90% of its normal value. This brought me halfway back down the Alpe. Last 16km from the bottom of the Alpe were the hardest. Jungle killed me, I should have changed to MTB for that. All in all, it took exactly 4 hours

Sam
Sam
2 months ago
Reply to  Bert Marchal

I completed today and earned badge. Zone 3 effort and took 4 hrs. Yes, gravel climb out of jungle is the killer as by that time you’ve climbed the big ones and just want to get on with it.

JF Cheung
JF Cheung
2 months ago

Yeah. I did it the other day and got the badge.😀 On the jungle route I always switch to the canyon grail (saw this bike swap at GP Lamas vids first) I think its a bit easier on a gravel bike.
Overall it was hard but my 20+ dropouts on the climb Alps the Zwift drove me crazy..
Dropout from the turbo trainer are like chain drop IRL,
Thanks for the great route details.

Simon Shackleton
Simon Shackleton
1 month ago

Terrific route – has a bit of everything. The last section in the jungle felt okay – changed to a mountain bike at the foot of the alpe and then back to the road bike when I hit the tarmac. Completed in 3hr 23m which I was real happy with!

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