Our newest Rebel Route covers every road on the new France map, in both directions. It’s the longest Rebel Route we’ve created to date (the first to break the 100km barrier) and our first non-Watopia Rebel Route!
Here’s an animation of this route:
About Rebel Routes
“Rebel Routes” are Zwift rides which are not available on Zwift’s routes list, thus requiring manual navigation.
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! They are included as a separate category on our Veloviewer Route Hunter leaderboard.
This long Rebel Route begins with a ~900 meter lead-in from the spawn point to the Marina Sprint line. Then we ride around the main outer loop of the map in a clockwise direction, nearly completing a full lap of the Casse-Pattes route which includes the Pavé Sprint Reverse, the Aqueduc KOM Reverse, and the Petit KOM (in that order).
Then we turn right toward the Balloon Field, making our way over the twisty river road to the Balloon Field and the Ballon Sprint before turning left and riding the main outer loop in the counter-clockwise direction. This includes the short Aqueduc KOM, Pavé Sprint, and Marina Sprint Reverse. We continue past the start pens and up the base of the Mont Ventoux climb before turning left to descend the Petit KOM.
After descending the zigzags of the Petit KOM it’s a quick left toward the Balloon Field and another chance to sprint, this time on the Ballon Sprint Reverse. Then it’s over the twisty river road and a right turn toward Mont Ventoux: let the fun begin!
The Mont Ventoux climb is the biggest in Zwift at just over 19km (11.8 miles) long with 1480m (4,857)’ of elevation gain. Top racers complete the climb in just under an hour, while many fit amateurs shot to break 90 minutes.
Once you reach the top, enjoy the view: you’ve earned it! Stay on the ring road around the observatory then descend back to where you began – the route ends at the Marina Sprint banner.
This route is quite flat for the first 60km. We saved all the fun for the end!
Getting Started + Lead-In
Start by choosing the Casse-Pattes route. This will take you in the right direction for the first portion of the ride.
Turn by Turn
Here are the turns you’ll need to make to successfully complete Toutes les Routes. Start by choosing the Casse-Pattes route, or any route that begins near the start pens. The official Strava segment begins at the Marina Sprint arch.
- Straight to Mont Saint-Michel (during lead-in, before Marina Sprint arch)
- 16km: Straight to Ventoux Summit
- 19km: Right to Mont Saint-Michel
- 22.5km: Right to Balloon Field
- 30km: Straight to Aqueduct
- 46.5km: Straight to Ventoux Summit
- 50km: Left to Aqueduct
- 53km: Left to Balloon Fields
- 60.5km: Left to Ventoux Summit
- 64km: Straight to Ventoux Summit
- 101km: Straight to Mont Saint-Michel
- 104.3km: Straight to Mont Saint-Michael
Distance: 104.8km (65.1 miles)
Elevation Gain: 1968m (6,458′)
Rebel Route Suggestions
Got an idea for a great rebel route? Share it below and maybe we’ll publish a post about it!
This is a great Rebel Route! The next time I need to do a metric century I’m going to do this one.
For those of us who have less than stellar navigation skills, showing the mileage (kilometerage?) of each turn from the Marina Sprint Banner (the official start) would be helpful. Then we’ll know when we miss a turn, probably >10km down the road.
Just added the kilometerage! Good suggestion.
Can regular Zwift subscribers ride this; if so, can you be so kind to explain how this can be done?
Yes… a few different ways. Here you go: https://zwiftinsider.com/how-to-ride-new-france-and-paris-routes/
On the other end of the spectrum, wonder if it’s worth doing a pair of routes for just the “little loop” starting at the Ballon sprint in a clockwise direction, and the petit KOM banner anti-clockwise.
On the list! Check it out: https://www.strava.com/segments/24984611?filter=overall
Awesome, this should be good, was kind of surprised it wasn’t a standard route to be honest.
Why not just ride Tire-Bouchon and then do Ventoux?
I liked the cleanliness of starting and ending at the Marina Sprint line… feels more legit. If you do Tire-Bouchon it starts and ends at the Petit KOM, which just doesn’t seem like a sensible finish line to me.
How do I access the rebel route or know how to find the start line from the Marina Sprint Banner?
I am super keen to attempt this after completing the Volcano 25 Lap Challenge.
Seems to lack efficiency as you ride up and down the short road south of the marina town (the back route to the petit KOM) twice in each direction. For maximum efficiency head north (assuming north is up on the Zwift map, it all gets rotated on New Caledonia) from the marina town on the aquaduct road, turn right on the river esses, turn left to go up the short road past the starting pens, turn left down the petit KOM, turn right onto the aquaduct road, turn left onto the river esses, turn right up the petit KOM, turn… Read more »
If you do it that way, you miss the Ventoux KOM start line.
Then, north from the Marina to the aquaduct, left up Petit KOM, right down past starting pens, right along the river esses, left back along the aquaduct to the Marina, up Mont Ventoux then down and turn right down Petit KOM and finally left along the river esses. All roads done with no repeats and Ventoux KOM intact.
Tooleroo: Shortest route for all of France. Coming out of the pens turn left, then at 0.6km turn right through balloon fields.After 7.6 km (at 8.2km total) turn right towards Ventoux. Continue clockwise 23k (31.2k total) all the way around around the outer loop past the VEntou turnoff, past the marina, past the aqua duct, back to this point then turn right back towards balloon fields for 7.6 (38.8k). Downtown, turn left towards Ventoux for 2k (40.8). Turn right for Ventoux and climb for 22.3k (63.1k)
yike what typos. “VEntou -> “Ventoux”, “aqua duct” -> “aquaduct”
lol today I learned aquaduct is spelled aqueduct. Why, why it is a duct for aqua? Not aque?
I think that the plural form, aquae, was originally used in the Latin word.
For us non-hip Americans…..
Straight to Mont Saint-Michel (during lead-in, before Marina Sprint arch)
@Robert.9 miles -Straight to Ventoux Summit
@james.8 miles -Right to Mont Saint-Michel
@Nicole.0miles -Right to Balloon Field
@Jim.6 miles -Straight to Aqueduct
@LOUGE.9 miles -Straight to Ventoux Summit
@Tim.1 miles -Left to Aqueduct
@Mark.9 miles -Left to Balloon Fields
@James.6 miles- Left to Ventoux Summit
@Meylina.8 miles- Straight to Ventoux Summit
@Richard.8 miles-Straight to Mont Saint-Michel
@Ian Murray.8 miles -Straight to Mont Saint-Michael
Wait why did it insert all those random names after @ haha!
For us non-metric-hip US-Americans:
0.0 mi- Straight to Mont Saint-Michel (during lead-in, before Marina Sprint arch)
9.9 mi- Straight to Ventoux Summit
11.8 mi- Right to Mont Saint-Michel
14.0 mi- Right to Balloon Field
18.6 mi- Straight to Aqueduct
28.9 mi- Straight to Ventoux Summit
31.1 mi- Left to Aqueduct
32.9 mi- Left to Balloon Fields
37.6 mi- Left to Ventoux Summit
39.8 mi- Straight to Ventoux Summit
62.8 mi- Straight to Mont Saint-Michel
64.8 mi- Straight to Mont Saint-Michael
You can delete my previous comment, Eric.
Did this one over the weekend. Great fun and directions were spot on. I get a real kick out of the planning, looking at the best efforts on Strava and plotting target times, wattages etc.
Just rode Casse Pattes in a group ride & went hard on the aqueduct KOM reverse (for ZPoints!) then checked my best time previously on Zwiftpower & I think Strava and Zwiftpower have the reverse KOM going in different directions – on Strava, the verified KOM reverse goes clockwise, but on Zwiftpower, the clockwise direction seems to be just the Aqueduct KOM, not the reverse? Or am I going mad?