Rebel Routes: Spiral Into the Volcano

Rebel Routes: Spiral Into the Volcano

“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 is a long flat route which ends in a climb up the Volcano. It is most comparable to the Volcano Climb After Party event-only route, except Spiral Into the Volcano has an extra 10 miles of flat before the volcano climb.

If you follow this route on a map you’ll see how it was named: an ever-tightening counter-clockwise spiral which culminates in the spiral climb up the volcano.

We begin at the downtown start/finish in the reverse direction. Ride around the Volcano Flat to Ocean Blvd then Fuego Flats for a nice flat run through the desert which includes the longest timed “sprint” on Zwift.

Ride through downtown Watopia and around Volcano Flat a second time, but this time when we get on Ocean Blvd we’ll take that all the way back through downtown Watopia. The spiral begins!

Once more through downtown and around Volcano Flat, then hang a left at the Italian Villas to go over The Esses and back to the Volcano. We’ll loop once around the volcano (one lap of Volcano Circuit CCW), then hang a left for the Volcano Climb finish. The route ends at the top of the Volcano as you cross under the KOM banner.


This route is quite flat, with nothing more than short pitches or rollers until the final Volcano KOM finish which is 2.3 miles (3.6km) long at an average gradient of 3%.

Route details:
Distance: 55.6km (34.6 miles)
Elevation Gain: 324m (1,064′)

Getting Started

When freeriding, select the “Volcano Flat” route to begin–this reduces your number of manual turns required to just 6. You will spawn just before the downtown start banner.

IMPORTANT: you must ride down through the banner then flip a u-turn and ride through the banner in the reverse direction to begin the route!

Turn by Turn

There are many intersections of this route, but typically only 6 manual turns are required. All other intersections should be routed correctly by default, but sometimes Zwift changes the default turns when you’re deep into a randonneuring rebel route, so stay vigilant.

Here is the complete list of turns with manual turns highlighted:

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

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About The Author

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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2 months ago

Just rode this today (24th Dec 2020).
Turn #13 was manual.
There is a new turn between 29 & 30, presumably due to the 4 new roads; sorry, I can’t remember the name of the turn or whether it needed manual intervention (I switched between the options at the time but can’t remember the default)

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
22 days ago

I did this route today. ALS said Turn #13 was manual, but it was automatic for me.

The additional turn is there, between 29 & 30;

29.1 Left (Straight) to Sprint

This was an automatic turn for me (the alternative is Right to Bridge/Islands).

Other than that all turns are as per the route above.

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