Zwift’s Volcano Circuit (and Volcano Circuit CCW) are popular routes for racers looking for a flat, fast, multi-lap effort. But did you know there are badges (and bonus XP) awarded for multi-lap efforts, and newer Zwifters can use these achievements to jump up several levels in one ride?
Here’s everything you need to know about how these achievements work!
Key Stats: Ride Length and Bonus XP
The “Warmed Up” badge is awarded for 5 laps, “Hothead” for 10 laps, and “On Fire!” for 25 laps. Each badge also awards 1000XP, helping you level up faster!
Learn about XP and unlocks in Zwift
With a lap length of 4 km (2.5 miles), you’ll have to ride a minimum distance of 20.4 km (12.7 miles), 40.9 km (25.4 miles), and 102.2 km (63.5 miles) to get each badge, respectively.
All in One Ride
To earn a multi-lap Volcano Circuit badge, you must ride all the laps in one activity. So these badges are very different from the “Avid Climber” and “Masochist” badges you earn for climbing Alpe du Zwift multiple times – happily, the Alpe badges can be earned over multiple efforts!
It’s worth noting that these laps can be completed at any time during your single activity, even if you ride elsewhere on Watopia in between laps. So you could ride a few Volcano Circuit laps, then hit the classic Hilly route for a lap or two, then return to the Volcano Circuit for more laps. Two warnings here, though:
- Don’t hop into an event in the middle of your activity, because Zwift automatically stops your current activity and starts a new one whenever you begin an official event. That means your multi-lap attempt will end as soon as you click to join the event.
- If you decide to turn and ride up the Volcano KOM in the middle of a lap, that particular lap won’t count.
Here’s another little-known detail: you can achieve the Volcano Circuit badges in either direction. In fact, you can mix directions, completing (for example) 2 laps in the clockwise direction, and 3 in the counter-clockwise direction.
The counter at the lap banner keeps a tally of how many laps you’ve completed in both directions, making it easy to know how many laps you’ve got left.
We’ve created Zwift Insider verified Strava segments for each badge in the clockwise direction: 5 Laps, 10 Laps, and 25 Laps. Of course, if you choose to ride in the CCW direction, your activity won’t match these segments.
An Extra Badge
There’s also a “100 Clicks” badge awarded the first time you ride 100 km in one activity. If you complete 25 Volcano Circuit laps you will hit 100 km, unlocking this badge and 500XP bonus if you haven’t done so already.
For newer Zwifters looking to level up, the multi-lap achievement is the fastest way to grab a pile of XP whenever you’re ready. Not only will you get all the XP for your distance (20XP per km = 2000XP for 100 km), but you will receive another 4000XP for the three Volcano badges and the 100 Clicks badge. That’s 5500XP, not included any bonuses you may receive each time you ride through the lap arch!
Join Us this Saturday!
This Saturday, April 25th, we’re hosting an informal event where Zwifters can show up and ride to achieve their Volcano Circuit badges whenever they’d like.
Read “Monica Does 25 Laps of Volcano Circuit” for details.
Questions or Comments?
Can this be done multiple times? Or once you’ve achieved a badge and the XP’s, that’s it.
Badges can only be taken once and give XP once. But you can of course repeat those activities as many times as you like 😉
Worth doing it on the TT bike so you get the +10 instead of powerups.
Oooh, that is smart. I didn’t realize that was the case on TT bike. Hello S-works venge after an easy spin around the volcano later…
Remember the TT bike cant draft.
TRON bike can draft. I am getting it Wednesday in preparation for Saturday’s ride🤙
I know but it’s a fair amount of XP if you do the 25 laps it’s 250XP on top of all the other ones. Depends if you want to get the laps over with or if you want to max out the XP.
Are the segments just created? Such that not all achievements are loaded yet? List seems a bit short, also dont see my own time in neither of those and even did few more.
Are the volcano badges/xp one time?
More concerned about the number of routes I’ve done and not got the badge! Happened again this weekend!
Oftentimes you have to actually ride a little bit past the finish of a route to actually complete the achievement.
I just get the 100 km badge yesterday and only get 500 xp for it… Where did you get your informations for the xp for eatch of these badges ?
Some old screenshots… but you’re right! Just did a little YouTube research, and it looks like it’s 500XP at this point. Updated the post above.
And for the volcano’s badges, it’s 1000 xp each ? Is there some place where we would have the numbers of bonus xp for each badges ? This would be great to know.
I will be there on saturday for the 25 laps !!!
Yes,I’m also curious about how much XP is available for the accomplishment badges. I know about the XP for rountes, but not the other accomplishments.
It will be 3am Sunday 25th in Auckland New Zealand, when Monica starts at 8am PTD. I will be there! I plan to carry on for 40 laps or more to get my century badge (already have metric century). Will Zwift slow you guys to make this an event for the ride Monica is doing?
Thanks for the motivation, Ride On!
We don’t do it as an event, so people can join whenever they’d like. Feel free to sleep in a bit and join a little later if you want! 🙂
No way I’m going to start at 3am. 8am for me, I’ll be doing the 5 and 10 laps, as it will also count towards the bike leg for the Ironman challenge, which is 40km
One of the first badge I did on Zwift. This is quite boring but it grants you 1000xp per badge. 5 times 10 and 25 🙌
Hello, can these achievement be done via a private meet-up as long as the correct route and distance is achieved?
Yes, you can do it as a Meetup.
Will it work on all meetups? Say if you use the keep together feature? 😉
Thanks, good to know!
Bimodal group of 3-4 w/kg and 1 w/kg that have now combined forces to make group rides chatty and challenging at the same time.
Now I need to know how to make group meet ups a bit more flexible so in case someone arrives late and still wants to join.
Eric, and you get the badge on a TT bike?
I’m planning on being on early UK time so won’t get to ride with Monica but hoping others will be around for a bit of support/draft!
Does the route have to be ridden in free mode or can you unlock the badges whilst completing a workout?
You can do it in a workout.
Are you sure? I just did a workout that ended up as 32 miles and got nary a badge for any of it.
Just completed this achievement the other weekend. My laps were much faster on a road bike than TT bike due to drafting (approx. 30 seconds). I did the first 15 laps on the TT bike to see if I could get a 250xp bonus but only got 10xp each banner.
I would love to see an article on the unemployed achievement. I tried my best on the Zwift forums but some only want to listen to Zwift on the minimums: https://forums.zwift.com/t/unemployed-badge-need-to-ride-for-22-days/152856/30?u=jesse_langevin
I’m sure Eric could speak to the history and original requirements for what counted as a “lap.”
Hi Eric, do you know if it’s 3 or 4pm UK time please?
8am here in California is currently 5pm in UK.
Hey thanks for this post! I’m 1000xp away from leveling up so y’all inspired me to jump on and chase that carrot
Very interested by this challenge! When does it start Saturday, i don’t see it on the list. Never did 100km, can we pause during the 25 laps? I much time do you think it take fot someone at 1.7k/w average
It’s not an official Zwift event – just pick “Volcano Circuit” and ride, as we explain in Monica’s post.
Not sure on time, that would depend on your weight, etc. You should know what your average cruising speed is on Zwift, and you can figure it out from there.
Eric, If I decide to do the 25 lap version it will be my longest Zwift event to date. I can’t seem to find any information on how to pause and resume a ride if I need to take a break. Is nothing more required than stopping and then resuming pedaling? Thanks
Correct, just stop and get off the bike. Then get back on when you want to start again!
Good Luck to Monica and the rest, this Saturday April 25, 2020. Go get those Achievement Awards…Metric Century Award & Kit…the XP…and maybe for those who are brave and stay on this this course to slug it out…an Imperial Century Achievement Award & Kit. …………24 hours prior I will be attempting 100 laps of the CCW circuit, finishing at 260 miles / 410 km. Begins approx 2:30 am PDT / 9:30 am GMT on Friday Apr. 24, 2020. Finish…13 to 14 hours later??? ….Please see the associated pic for details….and hopefully together we can help a few charities, while I… Read more »
How many XP points do you get for the Unemployed badge?
Does Zwift automatically circle you around the same route – so if I select the volcano circuit route and just keep riding without clicking anything else on my screen – I will get the laps?
I recently did 5 laps on volcano and no badge was given or additional XP points ? Is it related to your own level on zwift ?
Nope. Anyone can do it. Are you sure you didn’t already have the badge?
you have to select volcano circuit at the start of your ride to get credit. If you ride there and manually follow the course it doesn’t. Count. Ask me how I know.
Rode the Volcano CW on Tuesday – got the 5 and 10 lap badges. Rode today, CCW no badge at either 5 or 10 laps, is that right?
Yes you only get them once, whatever direction you do the circuit in
Is it possible to do achived this badge in POSSQUEEN’S HIGHWAY circuit?
POSSQUEEN’S HIGHWAY is the faster circuit
No, only on Volcano Circuit.
I’ll unlock the 808 wheels halfway through, would I be able to buy and attach these while still counting as a single event?
Yep. As long as your virtual bike stops moving you can swap to a new frame or wheels, then start up again.
I came across your group while doing a Mega Pretzel (on a fixed gear–bad idea, btw) today. That was a really good gang of people. Grats, and I think I might give it a go next week!
When I was riding, I didn’t get any alerts about Ride Ons even though friends saw them on the Companion app, and my pockets stayed empty the whole time. I didn’t get a notification when I got 100 Ride Ons during my ride – a friend told me. I don’t see the 100 Ride On/bigger than jensie badge in my achievements on Zwift. Has this happened to anyone else? How do I get the badge to show up?
I got a whole level worth of xp doing this over the weekend. Thanks for the tip
I completed the 25 laps and app showed the completion and award of the ‘you’re on fire’ badge, even did an additional 26th lap, but when I check the badges it is missing.
hello, a “101”guide on the various icons on zwift / zwift companion would be great, to understand what the “hammer icon” for instance means, and so many more. Thanking you in advance.
When do these badges appear? I’ve just completed 6 laps but didn’t see anything in game yet. Is it next log in like the number of days in a row badges?
can You achieve all three badges in one ride? Or do I have to restart after each achievement? 1-5 then start over and do 1-10 then 1-25? Can I just do the 25?
Can you do 5 laps join a meetup on the same route and continue the balance there, does anyone know if that will work?
No, because when you start the Meetup it becomes a new activity.
Can we do this in a meetup
Hi but what if you start an event and when it finishes just continue to get x number of laps?
You can certainly do that!
Ca you get the 10 lap badge, and continue on another 15 to get the 25 lap badge?
Or start another ride and do the 25 laps
You can get both in one ride.
I love Zwift Insider. If I don’t know the answer to something Zwift, I come here first. Thank you Eric!
Attempted the achievement first in CCW direction and cycled 22+ km to ensure completed… got the CCW route achievement, but NOT the “Warmed Up” achievement. However, at the next session, I cycled in the clockwise direction, and did 10+ laps. On this attempt, I was awarded BOTH the “Warmed Up” AND the “Hot Head” achievement badges. I’m sure many new Z’ers will be interested to learn of this result, and your article should be updated accordingly.
I just completed the 25 laps yesterday – jumping from level 7 to 9 and bagging 75k drops in the process. In addition to the achievements listed by Eric, I also picked up the Marathon badge for my first 40km Zwift ride! it was pretty stress free – apart from the moment On my 25th lap, at 99.7km, when my Tacx Vortex dropped out and needed a firmware update (which seemed to take forever!) before it would reconnect…all good in the end! Cheers Eric, I wouldn’t have seen the usefulness of chasing this achievement so early in my Zwift career… Read more »
I did 5 laps it said I had gone 21 miles, the lap counter said I was starting lap 6 when I stopped but I still did not get the badge
“but you will receive another 4000XP for the three Volcano badges and the 100 Clicks badge.”
Isn’t it 3500 XP instead of 4000 XP? 500XP only instead of 1000 XP for 100km badge, it got updated. Maybe this needs an update too? No big deal ofc.
Hi, I’m new on Zwift. I did the Volcano today (3x – just because I had time on my hands) but I didn’t get my Volcano badge. Do you have to finish it and end your ride to qualify for the badge>
Nope. Not sure what to tell you – if you choose the Volcano Circuit route then ride 1 lap, it should give you the route badge (assuming you don’t already have it).
If I start lapping as part of a race, (there’s a 6 lap race of the Volcano circuit) and then carry on after the race (click “Stay Here” if necessary) will those 6 laps count or will it start again at 1?
When are you going to do this again?
Ok I see where I got confused since the Badges could be in either direction on same file but can’t use that for the 5/10/20 strata segments or ccw at all. Already have them all but did 2 in regular direction with Cadence then turned around and did 10 with Brevet feeling like I belt and suspendered a solid 5 and 10 faster than my last. I could see having or not having the 5/10/25 CCW but if I got confused maybe others will and … perhaps why not? Had a fun ride nothing lost just gloating the idea and… Read more »
Can I finish all 3 volcano badges with one Ride? By doing the 25 rounds, I also finished the two other ones automatically, or?
Yep! They’ll all pop up as you keep riding.
Can you get Hot Head and On Fire in the same ride?