“Out and Back Again” Route Details (Watopia)

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“Out and Back Again” is a route which is quite flat… until it isn’t. Released as part of Zwift’s Fuego Flats desert expansion, this oddly-named route isn’t an out and back at all, but rather two loops connected in a figure 8-style course.

This should be a popular race route given its length and mostly-flat profile punctuated by two distinct climb sections.

“Out and Back Again” is a route which is quite flat… until it isn’t. Released as part of Zwift’s Fuego Flats desert expansion, this oddly-named route isn’t an out and back at all, but rather two loops connected in a figure 8-style course.

This should be a popular race route given its length and mostly-flat profile punctuated by two distinct climb sections.

Route Basics

Length: 39.8 km (24.7 miles)
Elevation:
303 m (994‘)
Lead-In: 2.4 km (1.5 miles)
Map: Watopia

Start & Finish

When freeriding you will spawn just before the desert start pens, giving us a lead-in of approximately 2.5km before the sprint finish line. For our Strava segment we started and ended at the sprint finish line since this is a stable point (unlike spawn points, which have some randomness to them).

We will create another segment beginning at the start pens to cover events on this route, once events begin running here.

Achievement Badge: 840 XP

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Route Description

Route profile by ZwiftHub – the place to plan and track your route achievements!

The first half of this route is quite flat, while the second half contains its two climbs.

Beginning in Fuego Flats, we make our way across the desert then descend through the redwoods down to Ocean Boulevard. Hanging a left at the Jarvis Tree, we climb our way up the false flat to the Italian Villas, then twist through The Esses and turn left toward the volcano.

Our Volcano KOM climb begins almost exactly at the 20km mark. Ride up the volcano, descend, then take the flat land bridge road back to the Italian Villas.

Our second climb is next, Hilly KOM Reverse. Once you’ve completed this climb and descended down to sea level you’ll hang a right onto Ocean Boulevard then a quick left toward the finish line at Fuego Flats.

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j.richey
j.richey
8 months ago

Eric,
I am working on my Route spreadsheet and notice that the Zwift route information now differs (in some cases substantially) from what I had previously and what you now show. This route is a good example.
Out and Back Again I had as 39.8Km 303M and now Zwift support shows it (with lead-in) as 42.1Km and 334M.
Since Zwift now shows routes with lead-ins but zwiftinsider and your strava links show them as separate, do you have any intent of updating all your routes to match the zwift routes?

David Ashton
David Ashton (@dashton)
8 months ago

The new course descriptions are amazing. Well done.

Jo K
Jo K
7 months ago

When using this as a meetup route the event finishes before the route badge so need to keep pedalling past Fuego flats finish line. Not very kind

Mark Davies
Mark Davies
6 months ago

I’ve done this route a few times going over 40k each time. I haven’t received a badge – new to Zwift so it’s just a question of interest more than concern? Is this common on zwift?

Jose Antonio Montero
Jose Antonio Montero
5 months ago
Reply to  Mark Davies

The same happened to me today… after 42 KM. Any ideas??

Sylvan Smyth
5 months ago

You need to pass through the desert arch. Virtually all of the route badges are awarded after passing through a finish arch. They’re not going to magically appear after a given distance.

Olaf Dennison
Olaf Dennison (@olafhd)
6 months ago

Hitting this one up right now for the route badge, interesting route with a bit of everything you would want

Mike Manion
Mike Manion
4 months ago

I have ridden Out and Back now 3 times, over 68 miles and STILL have not earned this badge. I am getting very tired of reading up on a particular route, doing the entire route and earning nothing. I think it is time to move on to a different bike app. Why is it so hard just to publish the route, the miles, and get it done Zwift? Makes absolutely NO SINCE.

Jim Bowen
Jim Bowen
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike Manion

To have ridden this route 3 times you will need to have ridden a cumulative total of over 75 miles so you clearly aren’t riding the full route each time. To get the badge you have to keep cycling until the banner appears on your screen. As it says in the article; you can spawn up to 3kms before the official route start so you need to keep this in mind.

James Stutesman
James Stutesman
18 days ago

Would love to have direct access to this link by tapping the companion app route picture.

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