Rebel Routes: The Snake

“The Snake” covers most of the roads in Watopia proper in both directions, which means you’ll hit 5 timed KOMs and 3 timed sprints. It’s a true “Out and Back” route, and we call it the snake because it looks like this:

About Rebel Routes

“Rebel Routes” are Zwift rides which are not available on Zwift’s routes list, thus requiring manual navigation.

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The reward for your rebel ride? Exploring a new route, knowing you’ve gone where few Zwifters have gone before. And a Strava segment rank in the tens or hundreds instead of the thousands!

Route Description

This longer route winds through the less mountainous portions of Watopia then doubles back and retraces itself in reverse.

We begin in the desert, riding over Fuego Flats before turning into Titans Grove for the forward KOM. Then make your way down to Ocean Boulevard and over to the reverse Hilly KOM for our second timed climb.

Next we travel through downtown Watopia, hit the Esses and the reverse sprint, and make our way across the land bridge to the volcano. This is the largest climb of our route. Make it to the top, take a look around–you’re at the head of the snake, halfway through the ride. Now it’s time to retrace your path!

Ride the land bridge to the Italian Villas, hit the forward sprint, then fly through downtown Watopia and up the forward Hilly KOM. Make your way down to the Fishing Village and into the Ocean Boulevard tube, then hang a right as you come out of it to head back to the desert.

But before we reach the desert proper we’ve got to turn into Titans Grove and have a go at the reverse KOM. Then it’s back through the desert, finishing at the desert rock arch. Well done!


Even though you will ride over 5 timed KOMs, this route is actually quite flat with only 661 meters of elevation over 77.4km. The Volcano KOM halfway through is the largest climb. Since this is a true out and back route, you can see the profile mirrors itself.

Getting Started

Start by choosing the Tempus Fugit route, or any route that puts you near the desert start pens. The route begins at the desert sprint arch.

Turn by Turn

Here are the turns you’ll need to make to successfully complete The Snake. Start by choosing the Tempus Fugit route, or any route that puts you near the desert start pens. The route begins at the desert sprint arch.

  1. Straight (Right) to Epic KOM
  2. Right to Titans Grove
  3. Left to Ocean Blvd
  4. Left to Ocean Blvd
  5. Straight to Italian Villas
  6. Straight (Right) to Italian Villas
  7. Right to 360 Bridge
  8. Straight (Right) to Reverse KOM
  9. Straight (Right) to Reverse KOM
  10. Straight (Right) to Downtown
  11. Straight (Left) to Downtown
  12. Straight (Left) to Sprint
  13. Right to Volcano Circuit
  14. Straight (Left) to Volcano Circuit
  15. Straight (Right) to Volcano KOM
  16. Straight (Left) to Volcano Circuit CCW
  17. Straight (Right) to Italian Villas
  18. Left to Sprint
  19. Straight (Left) to Sprint
  20. Right to Downtown
  21. Straight (Right) to KOM
  22. Straight (Left) to KOM
  23. Straight (Left) to Bridge
  24. Straight (Left) to Italian Village/Sprint
  25. Left to Sequoia Circle
  26. Straight (Left) to Sequoia Circle
  27. Straight (Left) to Downtown
  28. Right to Desert Flats
  29. Right to Titans Grove
  30. Straight (Left) to Desert Flats

Route details:
Distance: 77.4km (48.1 miles)
Elevation Gain: 661m (2170′)
Strava Segment

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Eric Schlange
Eric Schlange
Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava


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3 years ago

I liked the route 🙂

It would be desirable to include this route in

And also at


Hugh Grainger
Hugh Grainger
2 years ago

The turn by turn instructions need updating. After 11 there is a second Right Straight Volcano KOM needed. And after 22 (which will be 23) a Left Straight Jagged Peak (or something like that) is required as there is now an mtb option on the right.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
2 years ago

I think there are quite a few changes here, I was frantically scribbling as I rode and this is my best effort at all the turns (with what the other option is, and whether they are manual turns for the vast majority, although I might not have got all the manual turns noted). New/different turns are added in with *** Straight (Right) to Epic KOM Right to Titans Grove Left to Ocean Blvd [Manual] Left to Ocean Blvd [Manual] Straight to Italian Villas Straight (Right) to Italian Villas [Left to Jungle/Epic KOM] Right to 360 Bridge [Left to Italian Villas]… Read more »

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
2 years ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

Sorry 25 & 26 were new too, so should be marked with ***

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