“The Pretzel” route on Watopia is punishing indeed, at 44.8 miles (72.1km) in length and an elevation gain of 4,375′ (1333m).

When this route was released it was the longest and most challenging route on Zwift, covering all segments in Watopia at least twice.

With new roads and routes added to since its creation, The Pretzel is no longer the longest or toughest route. But it still packs a punch!

Route details:
Distance: 72.2km (44.9 miles)
Elevation Gain: 1,333m (4,375′)
Strava Forward Segment (from start banner)Strava Reverse Segment

Turns taken for “The Pretzel” forward route:

  • Turn 1 – Left (To Underwater)
  • Turn 2 – Left (To Mountain)
  • Turn 3 – Left (To Radio Tower)
  • Turn 4 – Left
  • Turn 5 – Left (Dam)
  • Turn 6 – Straight (To Bridge)
  • Turn 7 – Straight (Pier)
  • Turn 8 – Right (To Marina)
  • Turn 9 – Straight (Marina)
  • Turn 10 – Straight (Underwater)
  • Turn 11 – Left (To KOM)
  • Turn 12 – Left (To Marina)
  • Turn 13 – Right (Mountain)
  • Turn 14 – Straight
  • Turn 15 – Left (To Marina)
  • Turn 16 – Straight (To Dam)
  • Turn 17 – Left (To Villagte)

The reverse route is not the exact reverse of the forward route. Here are the turns taken for “The Pretzel” reverse route:

  • Turn 1 – Right (To Marina)
  • Turn 2 – Straight (Marina)
  • Turn 3 – Straight (Underwater)
  • Turn 4 – Left (To KOM)
  • Turn 5 – Left (To Marina)
  • Turn 6 – Right (Mountain)
  • Turn 7 – Straight
  • Turn 8 – Left (To Marina)
  • Turn 9 – Right (To Marina)
  • Turn 10 – Left (To Village)
  • Turn 11 – Left (To Underwater)
  • Turn 12 – Left (To Mountain)
  • Turn 13 – Left (To Radio Tower)
  • Turn 14 – Left
  • Turn 15 – Left (Dam)
  • Turn 16 – Straight (To Bridge)
  • Turn 17 – Straight (Pier)

UPDATE: Zwift modified The Pretzel route with release v1.0.11783. We have updated this post accordingly.