As the very first route on the Zwift’s Watopia island, “Hilly Route” is still a favorite among racers. It includes timed KOM climbs and sprints in both the forward and reverse directions.
Length: 9.1 km (5.7 miles)
Elevation: 100 m (328‘)
Lead-In: 0.5 km (0.3 miles)
Start & Finish
Begins and ends at Downtown Watopia start/finish banner. Lead-in to start is minimal.
Achievement Badge: 180 XP
Your most aero setup will give you the fastest overall time on this route, since the climbs are short and punchy. That said, if your race has drafting enabled and you struggle on short, punchy climbs, you might consider a lighter (but still aero) wheelset and/or frame. You’ll have to work a bit harder on the flats and descents to stay with the pack, but will gain some advantage on the climbs.
Beginning in downtown Watopia, we quickly head up the forward KOM for a punchy effort. Can you grab the polka-dot leader’s jersey? It’s not easy!
Catch your breath as you descend from the KOM. You’ll pass Scotty’s Hillside Condo on the right, then turn a sharp right and hit the punchy little kicker where you can drop your opponents in a race! Then it’s down through the statues and past Hank’s Gas Station on your left, before crossing the 360 bridge and making your way over the rollers into the Italian Villas.
The sprint section begins just after the Villas – see if you can grab green! Then cross the JWB and hit the ramp into The Esses… these are the final minutes of your lap. You’ll pass through a short tunnel and descend back to downtown Watopia for a fast finish. In a race, this sprint is all about timing – and practice makes perfect.