All About Zwift’s Volcano Circuit Lap Badges

All About Zwift’s Volcano Circuit Lap Badges

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:

  1. 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.
  2. If you decide to turn and ride up the Volcano KOM in the middle of a lap, that particular lap won’t count.

Any Direction

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 Laps10 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.

Level Up

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?

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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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Michael S Davis
Michael S Davis
8 months ago

Can this be done multiple times? Or once you’ve achieved a badge and the XP’s, that’s it.

anderfo
anderfo
8 months ago

Badges can only be taken once and give XP once. But you can of course repeat those activities as many times as you like 😉

charlie horse
charlie horse
8 months ago

Worth doing it on the TT bike so you get the +10 instead of powerups.

Ben
Ben
8 months ago
Reply to  charlie horse

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…

Gerrie Delport
Gerrie Delport (@gerriedelport)
8 months ago
Reply to  charlie horse

Remember the TT bike cant draft.

Brad Jensen
Brad Jensen
8 months ago
Reply to  Gerrie Delport

TRON bike can draft. I am getting it Wednesday in preparation for Saturday’s ride🤙

charlie horse
charlie horse
8 months ago
Reply to  Gerrie Delport

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.

Eibert Van't Hof
Member
Eibert Van't Hof (@e_vanthof)
8 months ago

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.

Ashley Masen
Ashley Masen
8 months ago

Are the volcano badges/xp one time?

Joey Jo Jo Junior Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Junior Shabadoo
8 months ago

More concerned about the number of routes I’ve done and not got the badge! Happened again this weekend!

Tim
Tim
8 months ago

Oftentimes you have to actually ride a little bit past the finish of a route to actually complete the achievement.

Tristan Séguin
Tristan Séguin
8 months ago

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 ?

Tristan Séguin
Tristan Séguin
8 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Thanks !
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 !!!

Darren
Darren
8 months ago

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.

Andrew Finnigan (finLaden KoS MEC D)
Andrew Finnigan (finLaden KoS MEC D) (@andrew-finnigan)
8 months ago

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!

Paul Voorend
Paul Voorend
8 months ago

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

Thomas Lecomte
8 months ago

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 🙌

Ian Reilly
Ian Reilly
8 months ago

Hello, can these achievement be done via a private meet-up as long as the correct route and distance is achieved?

Joel
Joel
8 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Will it work on all meetups? Say if you use the keep together feature? 😉

Joel
Joel
8 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

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.

Jen
Jen
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Eric, and you get the badge on a TT bike?

Paul Webster
Paul Webster
8 months ago

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!

Ben
Ben
8 months ago

Does the route have to be ridden in free mode or can you unlock the badges whilst completing a workout?

Carl
Carl
8 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Are you sure? I just did a workout that ended up as 32 miles and got nary a badge for any of it.

Jesse Langevin
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Jesse Langevin (@jesselangevin)
8 months ago

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.”

Last edited 8 months ago by Jesse Langevin
David Jones
David Jones (@david-jones150)
8 months ago

Hi Eric, do you know if it’s 3 or 4pm UK time please?

Thanks

David

Cr.Rand
8 months ago

Hey thanks for this post! I’m 1000xp away from leveling up so y’all inspired me to jump on and chase that carrot

Stephan Vigeant
Stephan Vigeant
8 months ago

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

David Kelly
David Kelly
8 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

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

Jeff Heisler
Jeff Heisler
8 months ago

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 »

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David Jones
David Jones (@david-jones150)
8 months ago

How many XP points do you get for the Unemployed badge?

Christine
Christine
8 months ago

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?

Jon Nevin
Jon Nevin
8 months ago

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 ?

Philip Barnes
Philip Barnes
8 months ago

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?

paul webster
paul webster
8 months ago
Reply to  Philip Barnes

Yes you only get them once, whatever direction you do the circuit in

Santi
Santi
8 months ago

Is it possible to do achived this badge in POSSQUEEN’S HIGHWAY circuit?
POSSQUEEN’S HIGHWAY is the faster circuit

QuicheBeast
QuicheBeast
8 months ago

I’ll unlock the 808 wheels halfway through, would I be able to buy and attach these while still counting as a single event?

Cormac Foster
Cormac Foster
8 months ago

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!

Kate
Kate
8 months ago

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?

Matthew Kiniorski
Matthew Kiniorski
8 months ago

I got a whole level worth of xp doing this over the weekend. Thanks for the tip

Vernon Rembold
Vernon Rembold
8 months ago

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.

Steven Buhr
Steven Buhr
8 months ago

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.

Bradley Wilken
Bradley Wilken
8 months ago

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?

Brian
Brian (@bjeeper)
8 months ago

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?
thanks

Malcolm Isaacs
Malcolm Isaacs
8 months ago

Can you do 5 laps join a meetup on the same route and continue the balance there, does anyone know if that will work?

Bruno Mosto
Bruno Mosto
7 months ago

Can we do this in a meetup

Brian Flowerday
Brian Flowerday
6 months ago

Hi but what if you start an event and when it finishes just continue to get x number of laps?

Nsw
Nsw (@ng-shiwei)
5 months ago

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

Carl Drake
Carl Drake
5 months ago

I love Zwift Insider. If I don’t know the answer to something Zwift, I come here first. Thank you Eric!

WesFree
5 months ago

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.

Paul Mack
Paul Mack
3 months ago

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 »

Barbara Beach-Moody
Barbara Beach-Moody
21 days ago

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

Christian Wiesinger
Christian Wiesinger
8 days ago

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.

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