“Ocean Lava Cliffside Loop” Route Details (Watopia)

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Introduced in Zwift’s December 2020 update, Ocean Lava Cliffside Loop is the first route to use the new Epic KOM Bypass – a twisty, rolling, narrow stretch of cliffside road connecting the lower sections of the Epic KOM and Epic KOM Reverse.

A wonderful choice for anyone seeking a scenic Watopian sightseeing spin, this route should also make for fun racing, as it gives lightweight riders a chance to get away on a short, steep climb halfway through. Heavier, more powerful riders can spend the back half of the loop trying to chase any breakaway down before the finish!

Introduced in Zwift’s December 2020 update, Ocean Lava Cliffside Loop is the first route to use the new Epic KOM Bypass – a twisty, rolling, narrow stretch of cliffside road connecting the lower sections of the Epic KOM and Epic KOM Reverse.

A wonderful choice for anyone seeking a scenic Watopian sightseeing spin, this route should also make for fun racing, as it gives lightweight riders a chance to get away on a short, steep climb halfway through. Heavier, more powerful riders can spend the back half of the loop trying to chase any breakaway down before the finish!

Route Basics

Length: 19 km (11.8 miles)
Elevation:
146 m (479‘)
Lead-In: 0 km ( miles)
Map: Watopia

Start & Finish

Starts and ends at the Downtown Watopia start/finish banner.

Achievement Badge: 380 XP

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Ocean Lava Cliffside Loop

Route Description

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This loop begins in downtown Watopia, heading in the direction of the Volcano. After making our way around that magmanamous mountain and over the land bridge, we climb up the short dirt switchback section to the Italian Villas. But there’s no time to pause for pizza – we’re on a journey, so we hang a right onto Ocean Boulevard and descend to the fishing village, staying straight at the windmills as we head toward the Epic KOM and Mayan Jungle areas.

Just up the road is the only substantial climbing of this route: a 67-meter gain that begins with a steep, twisting section before leveling off into a gradual climb on the bridge. This is the beginning of the Epic KOM Reverse, but you won’t actually be completing that climb on today’s route. Also: this is where power-to-weight workhorses will show their stuff in races, so be prepared to go all-out up this section. You can recover later!

Now it’s time for the new tarmac – a left turn takes us onto the Epic KOM Bypass section. Notice how the road narrows, increasing the perception of speed and making you feel like that cliff on your left is just a little too close. 

This bypass feels like easy, twisting rollers, but it’s actually a false flat in this direction. You’re still climbing, but it somehow feels faster thanks to the narrow, twisty road and occasional short descents.

After the bypass you’ll turn left onto the suspension bridge, then descend down to the Ocean Boulevard tunnel. Almost there! A quick ramp out of the tunnel and you’ll find yourself back in downtown Watopia. Nice work!

 

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Kevin
Kevin
9 months ago

Loved this route. Just enough climbing to not be easy, but no so much to detract from being a regular in the rotation.

Tomas
Tomas
9 months ago

It looks like a pearl for race meetups!

Jack P
Jack P
9 months ago

When is this new route going to be available in the companion app for meetups, just updated it but no cigar 🙄

Jay
Jay
9 months ago
Reply to  Jack P

“These new routes are available for free ride today, and will become available for events and Meetups next week.”

Al Fletcher
Al Fletcher
9 months ago

HI….just wondering what might be the issue in that none of the new routes show on my Watopia routes?

Jason Baker
Jason Baker
9 months ago
Reply to  Al Fletcher

Probably need to update the Zwift app!

Charles Rogers
Charles Rogers
9 months ago

Haven’t yet ridden this route, but it looks like it’ll be a blast! I particularly love the idea of the KOM Bypass. That’ll add lots of free-ride options, such as multiple rides up the KOM without going over onto the flats.

Charles Rogers
Charles Rogers
9 months ago
Reply to  Charles Rogers

What I’m thinking of here is essentially a cut off on the Mountain Route, bypassing all of the flat. This could also be used to develop a new interesting figure-8 route.

Squbel
Squbel
9 months ago

I really like this new route. It looks great especially at dusk when one of the segments lights up with Christmas trees.

Row
Row
9 months ago

Great route!! Love the new addition

Baz Anderson
Baz Anderson (@ianranderson)
9 months ago

Just rode this loop (with the badge awarded) and it was not the same as is detailed here. Was 30km and included the reverse KoM and two visits to the Volcano circuit before heading over to the Cliffside. Nice route, great way to explore, hilly but not overly so, scenic.

emre
emre
9 months ago
Reply to  Baz Anderson

Really fantastic route, thank u ZWIFT!

Craig
Craig
9 months ago
Reply to  Baz Anderson

I just rode it and got the badge right at 19km, at the downtown banner.

Toni
Toni
9 months ago

This is fine, but not enough. We need much more new tarmac in watopia. So much race developing, but almost nothing for regular zwifters. Don’t misunderstand me, I love racing, but I’m tired of the same roads of watopia one time, and another, and another… I want to get lost like I do on the real roads.

Stef
Stef
9 months ago

Awesome can’t wait to give it a spin!

sven
sven
9 months ago

I rode today and noticed that the “ruins” are made of a brownish stone. Where did they get that stone from? All the rocks (and other buildings in the area) are gray stone. Seems like a lot of effort to drag that stone from the Mayan Jungle or the desert, when there was plenty of good gray stone just lying around. Just saying.

Phil
Phil
8 months ago
Reply to  sven

Maybe it’s like Stonehenge where the stone was considered sacred, sourced from 100s of miles away.

sven
sven
8 months ago
Reply to  Phil

Maybe it was transported stone by stone by Buffalo bike?

Stephen
Stephen
8 months ago
Reply to  Phil

i think that a lot of the stones are now thought to come from the Marlborough area, about 20 miles away

Nigel Tufnel
Nigel Tufnel
9 months ago

Along the cliffside portion of this route there appear to be a number of ‘artifacts’ next to, and over, the road to indicate a ‘collapsed’ structure similar to the giant ‘stone’ cycling and running sculptures found elsewhere in Zwift. At one point there appeared to be a giant hand on the right side of the road. Any idea what this is/was? With no aerial view available (in Apple TV, anyway) I can’t get a wide enough view of the area to see all of the pieces.

sven
sven
8 months ago
Reply to  Nigel Tufnel

Looks like you ride under a shoulder or elbow of a collapsed cycling sculpture at one point. I missed the hand – will have to go and have another look.

The pitman
The pitman
8 months ago

Any idea when this is on Apple TV. tried to find it yesterday but no joy

The pitman
The pitman
8 months ago
Reply to  The pitman

Good news it’s working today 23rd Dec. Very nice it is too.

Jon Sweet
Jon Sweet
8 months ago

Good new route. Any thoughts on doing the Reverse Route as a Strava Segment?

Tom
Tom
8 months ago

Rebel Route suggestion – Cliffside Epic (elevation about 1100m, distance 37-40 km) It covers bypass, Epic KOM And Epic KOM Rev (from bypass to the Tower KOM summit) in both directions. Start : Jungle/RoadToSky, then U-turn Straight to bypass at the bypass end turn right to Epic KOM after summit turn left to Tower KOM, round the tower downhill than turn right to castle turn left to bypass at the bypass end turn left to Epic KOM Rev before summit turn right to Tower KOM, round the tower downhill than turn left to jungle/italian village End: left to the jungle/roadtosky… Read more »

Lucy Ward
Lucy Ward
8 months ago

Really enjoy this route

Ray Morro
Ray Morro
8 months ago

I found a bug in the game this evening that affects this section of road when riding it in the reverse direction, coming from the start line for the Epic KoM, climb up the first section on the island and crossing the bridge before making a right turn: the sense of the left/right arrow keys to select the turn direction have been accidentally reversed! In order to make a right hand turn to ride the Epic KoM Bypass in reverse, you need to press the left arrow key, not the right arrow, as would be expected. This is also the… Read more »

M.Brown
M.Brown
5 months ago

How do you sign up? Will the ride appear in the ZCompanion ?

Conrad Goodman
Conrad Goodman (@conrad-goodman)
5 months ago

Magic. Really love this tour

Justin Freitag
Justin Freitag (@justin-freitag)
4 months ago

This route is my nemesis! 😂

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