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:

  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
  9. Left to Desert Flats
  10. Right (Straight) to Desert Flats
  11. Left to Downtown
  12. Straight (Right) to Ocean Blvd
  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
  30. Left (Straight) to Sprint
  31. Left to Volcano Circuit
  32. Right to Volcano Circuit CCW
  33. Right to Volcano Circuit
  34. Left to Volcano Circuit CCW
  35. Left (Straight) to Volcano
  36. Left (Straight) to Volcano KOM

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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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2 years 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
2 years 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.

Nigel Tufnel
Nigel Tufnel
1 year ago

The list of turns needs a new one between 29 and 30 to account for the addition of the connecting section added between the two bridges. The default direction appears to be straight, which is the direction you want to go for this route.

1 year ago

Rode it today, made a mistake at the beginning, so needed to do the first spiral again. But Strava didn’t recognize. Or dit I do sth other wrong?

10 months ago
Reply to  Stephan

The segment is showing on your activity.

10 months ago
Reply to  Adrian

Yes, I talked with Strava. But the Timing is stil wrong

Andrew Weston
Andrew Weston
1 year ago

shouldn’t this route now be modified to add a new 2nd “spiral” down Titan’s Grove, so the spiral down Ocean Blvd would be spiral #3 now instead of #2.

10 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Weston

It also omits the Hilly KOM. Including either it or Titan’s grove would change it from being a long flat ride to something else entirely. There’s definitely potential for a similar route including the two hills though.

10 months ago

I must be unlucky. I’ve just ridden this and there was only 5 or 6 automatic turns, every other one I had to adjust the direction. I missed a couple but thankfully noticed quickly enough to U-turn and still get the Strava segment

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