Watopia “Tempus Fugit” Route Details

Watopia “Tempus Fugit” Route Details

“Tempus Fugit” is Latin for “time flees (or flies)”, and this is certainly a flat, fast route. Released as part of Zwift’s Fuego Flats desert expansion, this route is definitely designed as an out and back TT race course, with the lead-in from the desert start pens making the course come in right around 20km in length.

Course Profile

This is the flattest route in all of Zwift as the time of its release, with only 16m (52′) of elevation gain from start line to finish. There are some ~1% false flats, but they are barely noticeable as you fly through the picturesque desert.

Landmarks/Scenery

There are lots of landmarks in Fuego Flats to help you keep your bearings. First you pass the cliff dwellings near the first turnaround loop, then you hit the forward 500m sprint segment. Next you’ll ride through the old town of Desert Flats (watch for the steam engine to come roaring through) then through a gap in the rocks to a hidden oasis complete with a waterfall and dinosaur fossils.

Continue on and you’ll ride into Saddle Springs, the 1950’s-inspired resort town where you’ll make your turnaround before heading back home. Just after the turnaround you’ll cross the start line of the 7km “Fuego Flats Reverse” segment which ends at the same rock arch where the forward sprint ends.

You’ll ride through this arch, around the first turnaround loop (the one with ruins of cliff dwellings) then finish the route with a second effort on the 500m sprint segment.

Start Points

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.

Route details:
Distance: 17.3km (10.7 miles)
Elevation Gain: 16m (52′)
Strava Forward Segment

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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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Ekaterina Hardin
Ekaterina Hardin
1 year ago

Hi Eric, do you know how to get tempus fugid badge? I’ve done the route many times and still no badge

Craig
Craig
1 year ago

Hi Eric. Im live-streaming and commentating on an ITT we are hosting as a meet up with 50 cyclists. (we couldn’t get Zwift to get us an event).

Do you have any media resources (course flyover video etc) I might be able to use please? Cheers for anything is able.

Steven Jones
Steven Jones
1 year ago

I’m not sure if it’s a temporary thing, but the 10 mile segment seems to have disappeared, did the route today and it was there, now a few hours later it’s gone. Still a load of pointless tiny segments, so it might not be strava pruning.

Steven Jones
Steven Jones
1 year ago

The 10 mile insider verified segment disappeared from strava yesterday, I rode it at 5pm (UK) and it was in the results, a few hours later it was gone. But there’s still loads of rubbish 100m segements so I’m not sure it’s strava’s pruning of segments that’s to blame. It was the ZSUN one, do you curate the segments or just give a thumbs up to ZSUN or whomever?

Graham Collins
Graham Collins
1 year ago
Reply to  Steven Jones

Seems to be back today (1st May)

Michael Hoult
Michael Hoult
1 year ago

Could you add where you can power-ups and information on the best bikes for this course? Thank you

Hilary Smith
Hilary Smith
1 year ago

I’m very much a beginner cyclist, maybe having tootle about last summer for a few local miles while on holiday. I’m even newer to Zwift and the turbo is something the menfolk have used and I’ve tripped over.
 
I love Tempus Fugit. I’ve only done a max of 4km on it twice. It’s my goal to complete by the end of June! Managed to PB the 500m sprint by 40 secs a few days back. On a mission. Tha is ZI!

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