“Serpentine 8” Route Details (Watopia)

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Introduced in Zwift’s December 2020 update, Serpentine 8 is the first route to use the new Mayan Bridge road – a twisty stretch of dirt/stone/wood road crossing the jungle waters and bisecting the Mayan Jungle Circuit.

This is a figure 8 route in terms of road layout, but it is ridden in such a way as to cover all roads (the Jungle Circuit and Mayan Bridge) in both directions. It also features a substantial lead-in which includes your first trip over the bridge.

Introduced in Zwift’s December 2020 update, Serpentine 8 is the first route to use the new Mayan Bridge road – a twisty stretch of dirt/stone/wood road crossing the jungle waters and bisecting the Mayan Jungle Circuit.

This is a figure 8 route in terms of road layout, but it is ridden in such a way as to cover all roads (the Jungle Circuit and Mayan Bridge) in both directions. It also features a substantial lead-in which includes your first trip over the bridge.

Route Basics

Length: 19.2 km (11.9 miles)
Elevation:
199 m (653‘)
Lead-In: 7.3 km (4.5 miles)
Map: Watopia

Start & Finish

You will spawn near the Jungle start pen, and have a long lead-in down to the Jungle start/finish banner before the actual route begins.

Achievement Badge: 385 XP

Bike Selection

The fastest bikes on this route are mountain bikes, by a good margin! Read more about Zwift MTB performance >

Route Description

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You’ll begin with a downhill lead-in from the Jungle pens, starting on tarmac (the only pavement on this route!) then changing to dirt. Partway down the Jungle Circuit descent you turn left onto the Mayan Bridge road, which twists and rolls over dirt, brick, and wood sections.

These ruins are quite elaborate and a bit mysterious – word is Zwift may have some sort of steering game planned here in the future!

Climb your way out of the Mayan Bridge section and continue your descent to the bottom of the circuit. When you ride through the Jungle start/finish banner you begin the actual Serpentine 8 route.

The route begins on the Circuit in the clockwise direction, climbing up past the turnoff to the Alpe, around the top of the Circuit, and over the rope bridge before beginning the descent portion of the Circuit. Partway down this descent you will turn right onto the Mayan Bridge road, first descending in then climbing out (it is a bridge over water, after all).

Then it’s a left turn back on to the Circuit, descending past the Alpe turnoff and riding through the start/finish banner in the counter-clockwise direction. It’s time to climb again – up this side of the Circuit, over the rope bridge, and descending down (wave hello to the sloth) before turning left onto the Mayan Bridge, like we did for the lead-in.

Complete the bridge section, turn right to descend the rest of the Circuit, then go all-in for a fast finish over the line. Well done!

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Air Gee
Air Gee
6 months ago

If the bridge is made of something non-dirt, gravel bikes may be competitive with MTBs on this loop. Or maybe not, since the bridge isn’t flat and MTBs with their significant additional weight may still have the edge on the short downhill …

Chris G
Chris G (@chris-greenway)
5 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

I like the idea of a segment where you could steer a line to be on a specific surface. A narrow patch of ‘tarmac’ that favored a road bike but with slow dirt either side… It would promote steering and add an extra dimension if raced, IMO

bolanbiker
bolanbiker (@bolanbiker)
5 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

So why do gravel bikes exist in Zwift? An excuse to spend drops?

Nigel Tufnel
Nigel Tufnel
5 months ago
Reply to  bolanbiker

The France world looks to have a lot of opportunity for the gravel bikes (i.e routes with a reasonable mix of tarmac and dirt), but who knows when they will actually get around to opening up those routes.

Aoi Niigaki
Aoi Niigaki
5 months ago
Reply to  bolanbiker

Usual case of Zwift starting something and then completely losing interest. If gravel bikes are ever going to be useful then Zwift needs to build the roads for them. Zwift management has the attention span of a goldfish. If Zwift ever make a smart bike it will probably be orphanware within 12 months when the next shiny thing comes along (see Sterzo smart).

Lord Humungous
Lord Humungous
2 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Just like IRL, FS MTBs dominate on dirt roads. Everyone rides gravel grinders on ‘em. Oh, wait…

Danny
Danny
5 months ago

Are MTBs the best bike for this course?

B Gravel_Wepps
B Gravel_Wepps
5 months ago

I tracked this route as having an 4+ mile lead in. :/

Chris G
Chris G (@chris-greenway)
5 months ago

I not much of a fan of the route, but the new road detail is nice. Missed opportunity (IMO) for more sprint/KOM segments. The new road would suit this well… and make a detour in future more compelling

MATHEW M ROSE
MATHEW M ROSE (@matrose617)
5 months ago
Reply to  Chris G

I agree that the details are nice (if somewhat reminiscent of classic Indiana Jones), but the road itself with the dirt and the long lead in make this one just . . . meh. I rode it once, but I like the KOM bypass segment on the lava cliffs route better.

Mark Hewitt
Mark Hewitt (@mail)
5 months ago
Reply to  MATHEW M ROSE

Even ignoring the rolling resistance there’s something about the Jungle that just doesn’t hit home. It should do as it’s still some of the best graphics in Zwift but it’s still just not interesting.

The KOM bypass has a lot less interesting stuff but it’s nicer to ride!

James roberts
James roberts
5 months ago

Hi eric i was wondering if you could make a post about my rapha 500 attempt. People can follow me on zwift companion and then look at the activities, it would be like ben and josh’s everest attempt, i will be riding every day for 62.5 kilometers, and i am only 12, i can send you more info in an email, there is no fundraiser but i wanted people to know i can do this, and it would be a great way to gain followers.

Jonathan Lovejoy
Jonathan Lovejoy
5 months ago

Any idea when Apple will approve and release these new routes?? So looking forward to them

Jonathan Lovejoy
Jonathan Lovejoy
5 months ago

Wow that’s service – just checked again and they are there.. Time to go find my shorts…..

Alex
Alex
5 months ago

Sometimes I wonder if nobody in charge of user experience checks those new routes? I did the Serpentine 8 today and didn’t have to worry about it because getting the badge fit easily into my 60min workout with or without the lead-in. But based on comments from previous routes, a lot of people are going to be very disappointed when they finish the advertised 11.9 miles and are nowhere near the end of the route. If I didn’t know better I’d think the only reason why somebody would create a route with a lead-in of almost 40% of the actual… Read more »

Lucy Ward
Lucy Ward
5 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Exactly the same with me I ended up doing 14.92 miles and hated every minute of it

Lee
Lee
5 months ago
Reply to  Lucy Ward

Gosh, I rode till 25.1km but still no Finish Arch on sight and it was already dinner time. Ended up quitting not finishing the route. Wasn’t it supposed to be 19.8km??

mplee
mplee
4 months ago
Reply to  Lee

oh man, you were so close! i was also about to give up at 25km but i was just under an hour so i pedaled for a few more minutes and then hit the finish line. it is deceptive, though. now that i know this may become one of my new favorite routes.

Andy O
Andy O
5 months ago

Anybody know why the Serpentine 8 is not listed in my Watopia routes?

Lee
Lee
5 months ago
Reply to  Andy O

Update your zwift to the latest version

Andy O
Andy O
5 months ago
Reply to  Lee

Thanks Lee, I thought my apps were on auto update but obvs not! Cheers

Eric R
Eric R
5 months ago

The dirt on this route is a slog. How much of the route is dirt vs regular tarmac? The lead in seems all tarmac.

Eric R
Eric R
5 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Such a slog. I’m doing it right now and I saw it went from cracked pavement to dirt very quickly. So much for trying to do a lot of it on a TT bike.

Vee
Vee
5 months ago

Long lead Ins are ridiculous. Just add those in to the course length so we know the deal without having to look at Zwift insider, in addition to logging into the game to check badges, and then logging in again to choose a route. Or put all the info in the route section like most games would…I love Zwift but it’s not set up for ease or convenience.

Chas
Chas
5 months ago

Eric, i did this today in a meetup and we averaged a speed and elevation gain that was way out of whack with the WPK and terrain. I used my tron bike. We did nothing different RE the trainer. I was in reg mode and teammate in ERG.

Chas
Chas
5 months ago
Reply to  Chas

Rodé 40k in just over an hour.

Saphira
Saphira
5 months ago

Please must actually analyze Length and Elevation of the routes because most of it is not the real one. This is 26.5 km and 239M.
Thanks you

RaoulT
RaoulT
5 months ago

I’ve just rode on Serpentine today… and it’s definitly my favorite one, for all the stuff made around the road. Big congrats to them !

mplee
mplee
4 months ago
Reply to  RaoulT

agreed. normally i don’t like riding through the jungle but this was more fun than i expected, even on a road bike. next time i’m taking a MTB, though, for sure!

Wayne
Wayne
4 months ago

For what it is worth, I rode Serpentine 8 this afternoon. “Spawn to banner” distance and climb data fed to Strava was 20.55 mi (33km) and 1001′ (305m). Looks different from what is advertised.

Wayne
Wayne
4 months ago
Reply to  Wayne

…and the same distance and climb info is shown on my Zwift Companion record…

Wayne Harrison
Wayne Harrison
4 months ago
Reply to  Wayne

Rode it again on 1/29/21. This time it pretty much came out as advertised. I have no clue what I did to make it longer the first time.

Nhojy
Nhojy
4 months ago

Rode this yesterday for the second time on a gravel. Next time will be MTB. Is there some place to go off road because there was bikers coming out of the woods on one section. Even did a U turn and went back and sure enough someone else came out. What gives?

Kate
Kate
3 months ago

Badge will be received only after 26,5km, not 19,9km.and 239m.

Sander
Sander
2 months ago

Did 27k (245el) starting in workout mode on serpetine 8, after that ‘ride on’ to finish route by passing the arch again at about 26.5k. Unfortunately no route complete or badge seen/received. Don’t know if the lead-in might be even longer than the 7.3k…strange thing there.

Martina
Martina
2 months ago

Just finished it. 26.3km. Keep riding until you get the badge.

Rupert Rieder
Rupert Rieder
2 months ago

thanks4info und good2know to use mtb!! 🙂

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