This page includes route maps and basic details for all Zwift routes on the Watopia course.

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Bambino Fondo

The Bambino Fondo is one of three fondo routes Zwift unveiled in January 2019 for its Zwift fondo series. Currently these are event-only routes, meaning they are only available for use in events and cannot be ridden on a freeride or individual workout.

See upcoming events on the Bambino Fondo route >

Route Profile

The Bambino Fondo is essentially these routes strung together:

We begin with a forward lap of the Flat Route, followed by a forward lap of the Hilly Route. Then we take Ocean Boulevard again, hanging a left at the windmills and climbing then descending into the Mayan Jungle.

Once around the jungle loop, then we climb back out, descend to sea level, and hang a left at the Italian Villas fountain to make our way toward the Volcano. Then it’s up to the top of the volcano, with our route ending at the KOM banner.

Route details:
Distance: 52.1km (32.4 miles)
Elevation Gain: 553m (1814′)

Strava Forward Segment (from start pier)


Big Loop

Watopia’s “Big Loop” was added with the Mayan jungle expansion in late October 2017. It includes the Epic KOM, Mayan jungle roads, and a portion of the Volcano Flat route.

Route details:
Distance: 42.4km (26.6 miles)
Elevation Gain: 651m (2175′)
Strava Forward Segment (from start banner)Strava Reverse Segment (from start banner)


Bigger Loop

“Bigger Loop” is a modified version of Zwift’s “Big Loop” which basically adds ~11km of flat road to the start of the route. Released as part of Zwift’s Fuego Flats desert expansion, this route features the new desert roads as well as the Epic KOM, Jungle Circuit, and portions of Volcano flat.

Course Profile

Begin in Watopia’s downtown, then hang a left from Ocean Boulevard to head toward Fuego Flats. Enjoy the desert sites, descend through the redwoods, then hang a left to attack the Epic KOM. It’s gonna hurt!

Descending the KOM then turning left to the jungle, you will hit the circuit and climb back out before descending down to sea level. Your climbing is finished: now it’s time for the flat run-in to the finish, by way of the Volcano flat route.

In summary: 15km of flat followed by 30km of climbing or ascending, ending with 10km of flat. That’s “Bigger Loop”.

The course profile makes this an appealing route for a longer race. Climbers will be able to get away on the Epic KOM, but heavier riders with higher watts may be able to chase them back over the jungle roads and final flat kilometers.

Level Locked

You must be level 10 or above to access Bigger Loop in a free ride. Alternatively, you can join a group ride held on this route–but Big Loop group rides are rare.

Start Points

When freeriding you will spawn just before the downtown start/finish line. For our Strava segment we started and ended at the downtown start/finish 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: 53.1km (33 miles)
Elevation Gain: 678m (2,225′)
Strava Forward Segment


Flat

The Watopia “Flat Route” was added when Watopia’s Ocean Boulevard came online in late December 2015. It includes the undersea tunnel and marina sections, plus the back half of the original Hilly Route.

Route details:
Distance: 10.3km (6.4 miles)
Elevation Gain: 54m (177′)
Strava Forward Segment (from start banner)Strava Forward Segment (from pier)Strava Reverse Segment (from start banner)Strava Reverse Segment (from pier)

 

Take a video tour:


Figure 8 (Hilly + Flat, both directions)

Watopia’s “Figure 8” route covers the entire hilly and flat courses in both directions, which is actually pretty cool if you think about it. It’s a really nice course for an hour-long ride that involves some climbing, but not the Epic KOM.

This is a popular race route since it includes a nice mix of punchy climbs, flats, and rollers which can be completed in under an hour.

UPDATE: Zwift’s Oct 31 2018 update included a “Figure 8 Reverse” route which varied from the original reverse route which could be reached by a u-turn on the forward route. The Strava link below for the reverse route has been updated to reflect the new route.

Route details:
Distance: 29.8km (18.4 miles)
Elevation Gain: 234m (770′)
Strava Forward SegmentStrava Reverse Segment

Here’s a video tour of this popular race route:


Four Horsemen

Watopia’s “Four Horsemen” route covers all four timed climbs: the original Hilly KOM, Volcano KOM, Epic KOM, and Alpe du Zwift. Along the way you’ll also cover (nearly) every bit of road on Watopia, so it’s a complete tour of our virtual fitness paradise.

This is no leisure tour, though: be ready to work as you climb over 2000 meters in just under 90 kilometers! “Four Horsemen” isn’t quite the longest route on Watopia, but it’s the climbiest one. And be warned: hitting the Alpe after working your way over the previous climbs proves to be both a mental and physical challenge. Prepare yourself!

Route details:
Distance: 89.3 km (55.5 miles)
Elevation Gain: 2112m (6929′)

Strava Segment (from Start Banner)Strava Segment (from Start Gate)


Gran Fondo

The Gran Fondo is one of three fondo routes Zwift unveiled in January 2019 for its Zwift fondo series. Currently these are event-only routes, meaning they are only available for use in events and cannot be ridden on a freeride or individual workout.

See upcoming events on the Gran Fondo route >

Route Profile

The Gran Fondo is very similar to the Medio Fondo in terms of key climbs and overall elevation, but ~25km (15.5 miles) longer due to some meandering around Watopia proper between the “Road to Ruins” section and the “Mountain Route” ending.

This route is essentially these routes strung together:

We begin by taking Ocean Boulevard around to the reverse Hilly KOM, which is the first half of the Figure 8 route. Then it’s over to the Volcano and up to the top before descending down and heading to the Italian Villas then the Mayan Jungle for a reverse loop of the circuit.

After climbing out of the jungle, we descend back to sea level, hit The Esses and spin a quick lap around the Volcano Circuit. Until this point, the route has been identical to the Medio Fondo. Here’s where things change.

After heading through downtown Watopia we hit the forward Hilly KOM, then hang a left onto Ocean Boulevard, back through downtown, over The Esses in reverse, and around the Volcano, back over The Esses forward, and into downtown.

The rest of the route matches the end of the Medio Fondo, as we head out Ocean Boulevard once more to the forward Epic KOM. Our route finishes at the KOM banner, where the ibex cheers you on as you finish!

Route details:
Distance: 97.2km (60.4 miles)
Elevation Gain: 1148m (3768′)

Strava Forward Segment (from start pier)


Hilly

Watopia’s “Hilly Route” was the very first route on the island. It includes KOM and sprint sections in both directions.

Route details:
Distance: 9.1km (5.7 miles)
Elevation Gain: 100m (329′)
Strava Forward SegmentStrava Forward Segment from Start GateStrava Reverse SegmentStrava Reverse Segment from Start Gate


Jungle Circuit

Watopia’s “Jungle Circuit” was added with the Mayan jungle expansion in late October 2017. This is a lollipop route, meaning you start with a lead-in then remain on the circuit portion until your legs fall off.

Start Point(s)

If you choose this route for a free ride or workout you will spawn on the road near the Mayan jungle, ride into the circuit portion, then remain on the circuit for the rest of your ride.

Event riders begin at the start pier, giving you a 12.3km (7.6 mile) lead-in with a ~100m climb before starting the first circuit lap. Be ready: that lead-in climb is steep and breaks up a race quickly!

Circuit Profile

The jungle loop itself is almost 8km in length. You roll through the lap banner at the loop’s lowest elevation, then ride a gradual climb (~3%) to cross the dizzying heights of the rope bridge. Soon enough you are zipping downhill to the bottom of the valley for another lap. The entire circuit is dirt, so bring your gravel bike and be ready for dust.

Route details:
Distance: 7.9km (4.9 miles)
Elevation Gain: 79m (259′)
Strava Forward Segment (from start banner)Strava Forward Segment (from start pier)Strava Jungle Loop Forward Segment (from banner)Strava Jungle Loop Reverse Segment (from banner)

Level Requirement

You must be level 10 or higher to access this or any other jungle routes. The only ways around this requirement are to join an event which uses the route or choose to ride with a friend who is already on the route.

Leaders Jersey

Jungle Circuit laps are timed in both directions, with leaders awarded a Mayan-themed lap leader jersey.

Pro tip: want to grab your first lap leader jersey? Flip a u-turn and hit the circuit in reverse. Not much traffic in this direction!

Here’s what the jersey looks like:

Interesting bit of trivia: unlike most Watopia routes, there is no reverse version of the Jungle Circuit at this time. If you select this route then flip a u-turn before entering the Jungle Circuit loop you will be routed onto the reverse Watopia Hilly route.


Medio Fondo

The Medio Fondo is one of three fondo routes Zwift unveiled in January 2019 for its Zwift fondo series. Currently these are event-only routes, meaning they are only available for use in events and cannot be ridden on a freeride or individual workout.

See upcoming events on the Medio Fondo route >

Route Profile

The Medio Fondo is essentially these routes strung together:

We begin by taking Ocean Boulevard around to the reverse Hilly KOM, which is the first half of the Figure 8 route. Then it’s over to the Volcano and up to the top before descending down and heading to the Italian Villas then the Mayan Jungle for a reverse loop of the circuit.

After climbing out of the jungle, we descend back to sea level, hit The Esses and spin a quick lap around the Volcano Circuit. Then it’s through downtown Watopia and out Ocean Boulevard once more to the forward Epic KOM. Our route finishes at the KOM banner–wave hello the ibex, if you’ve got any strength left!

Route details:
Distance: 72.6km (45.1 miles)
Elevation Gain: 981m (3220′)

Strava Forward Segment (from start pier)


Mega Pretzel

Watopia’s “Mega Pretzel” was released with Zwift’s February 1, 2018 update as the longest available route for Zwift’s iconic course. At the time of its release it covered every segment of the course except the radio tower climb, and in fact covered nearly all segments in both directions. The Alpe du Zwift climb is notably absent from this route since the Alpe was released after the route was created.

The Mega Pretzel begins and ends on the land bridge connecting the volcano to the Italian village. The segments covered, in order, are:

  • Begin on Volcano land bridge to Italian Village
  • Jungle Circuit reverse
  • Epic KOM reverse
  • Hilly forward
  • Volcano climb
  • Esses forward
  • Ocean Blvd forward
  • Epic KOM forward
  • Jungle Circuit forward
  • Hilly reverse
  • Finish at start location

Route details:
Distance: 107km (66.5 miles)
Elevation Gain: 1642m (5387′)
Strava Forward Segment

 


Mountain

The Watopia “Mountain Route” is simply a loop up to the radio tower then back through the start/finish line.

This is an excellent addition to the game, since it allows group rides and races to include a major climb.

Route details:
Distance: 29.5km (18.3 miles)
Elevation Gain: 671m (2201′)
Strava Forward SegmentStrava Reverse Segment


Mountain 8

The “Mountain 8” route on Watopia similar in distance to the “Figure 8” route, but with substantially more climbing since it takes you over the Epic KOM and up the radio tower climb.

Route details:
Distance: 32km (19.9 miles)
Elevation Gain: 677m (2,221′)

Strava Forward Segment from Start BannerStrava Forward Segment from Start PierStrava Reverse Segment


Out and Back Again

“Out and Back Again” is a route which is quite flat… until it isn’t. Released as part of Zwift’s Fuego Flats desert expansion, this oddly-named route isn’t an out and back at all, but rather two loops connected in a figure 8-style course.

This should be a popular race route given its length and mostly-flat profile punctuated by two distinct climb sections.

Course Profile

The first half of this route is quite flat, while the second half contains its two climbs.

Beginning in Fuego Flats, we make our way across the desert then descend through the redwoods down to Ocean Boulevard. Hanging a left at the Jarvis Tree, we climb our way up the false flat to the Italian Villas, then twist through The Esses and turn left toward the volcano.

Our Volcano KOM climb begins almost exactly at the 20km mark. Ride up the volcano, descend, then take the flat land bridge road back to the Italian Villas.

Our second climb is next, Hilly KOM Reverse. Once you’ve completed this climb and descended down to sea level you’ll hang a right onto Ocean Boulevard then a quick left toward the finish line at Fuego Flats.

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: 39.8km (24.8 miles)
Elevation Gain: 303m (997′)
Strava Forward Segment


The Pretzel

“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


Road to Ruins

Watopia’s “Road to Ruins” was added with the Mayan jungle expansion in late October 2017. It begins just like the Jungle Circuit, but takes you to the Volcano Flat and back home to the start/finish banner instead of leaving you riding jungle laps.

Currently this is the only route which takes you through the jungle and back through the start/finish banner without going over the Epic KOM. It is sure to be a popular group ride route for this reason.

Route details:
Distance: 29.6km (18.4 miles)
Elevation Gain: 268m (905′)
Strava Forward Segment (from start banner) Strava Reverse Segment (from start banner)


Road to Sky

Watopia’s “Road to Sky” route is the shortest route which includes Alpe du Zwift, a massive climb modeled after the iconic Alp d’Huez.

About the Alpe

Zwift created this route using GPS data to perfectly match the incline and distance of the storied climb with its 21 hairpin turns. The climb to Alp d’Huez actually has two different finish points: the “tourist version” and the Tour de France version. Alpe du Zwift matches the tourist version, which is ~2km shorter with 40 meters less climbing than the TdF. Read more >

Looking for your fastest time up the Alpe? Check out Fastest Bike Frame and Wheelset for Climbing Alpe du Zwift.

Route Profile

If you choose this route for a freeride you’ll begin on the pier near the seaplane, just before the start of the Epic KOM. You must then ride the first little climb, across the bridge, and to the bottom of the jungle before you hang a right and begin the Alpe du Zwift ascent. The route ends at the KOM banner atop Alpe du Zwift.

Level Restriction

Like all Alpe routes, Road to Sky is restricted to Zwifters level 12 and up unless you access it through an official group ride.

Route details:
Distance: 19.5 km (12.1 miles)
Elevation Gain: 1135m (3726′)
Lead-in from Start Pier: 7.7 km (4.8 miles), 79 meters (260′)
Strava Forward SegmentStrava Forward Segment from Start Pier


Tempus Fugit

“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


Three Sisters

Watopia’s “Three Sisters” route covers all three Watopian climbs (Hilly KOM, Epic KOM including radio tower climb, and Volcano KOM) in a forward direction. While not as punishing as The Pretzel it’ll still put you in the hurt locker with almost 3000′ of climbing.

Route details:
Distance: 47.8km (29.7 miles)
Elevation Gain: 879m (2883′)
Strava Forward Segment from Start BannerStrava Forward Segment from Start PierStrava Reverse Segment


Tick Tock

“Tick Tock” is a clockwise loop covering Fuego Flats and portions of the Ocean Boulevard tube. Released as part of Zwift’s Fuego Flats desert expansion, this route is flatter than Watopia Flat or Volcano Flat, with the only pitchy bits being in and out of Fuego Flats, and in and out of the ocean tunnel.

Course Profile

This is the second-flattest route in all of Zwift as the time of its release, with 2.6 meters of climbing per kilometer of road. (Tempus Fugit, the flattest, has .92m/km.)

Beginning in Fuego Flats, your trip will be pan-flat until you exit Saddle Springs and descend through the Redwood Forest. This descent maxes out at 3% and brings you to the entrance of the ocean tube which is a short downhill ramp. You then proceed through the flat tube, hit the ramp up and out, then hang a right toward Fuego Flats. You’ve got just a bit of gradual climb toward the start line, but nothing more than most cyclists would call a “rise.”

Landmarks/Scenery

There are lots of landmarks on this route to make this visually interesting and 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. This is where the Tempus Fugit route turns around, but for Tick Tock we continue through town and down into the Redwood Forest–the longest descent on the route, but it’s over before you know it!

Cross the bridge to Ocean Boulevard, then descend into the ocean tunnel. When you exit the tunnel you’ll soon turn a right to cross another bridge toward the island containing Fuego Flats. Hit that 500m sprint segment once more, and the stone arch is your finish line.

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: 16.8km (10.5 miles)
Elevation Gain: 44m (146′)
Strava Forward Segment


Tour of Fire and Ice

Watopia’s “Tour of Fire and Ice” begins in the lava and ends in freezing snow above the treeline. It’s a tour of Watopian extremes!

The route begins on Volcano Circuit CCW then takes you onto Road to Sky. It is essentially Road to Sky with a few extra flattish miles at the beginning.

Route details:
Distance: 25 km (15.6 miles)
Elevation Gain: 1161m (3812′)
Strava Forward Segment


The Über Pretzel

First came The Pretzel at 72km long and 1,333m of elevation. Then the Mega Pretzel arrived, 107km long with 1,642m of elevation. Now there’s a new king of the hill: “The Über Pretzel”.

Released as part of Zwift’s Fuego Flats desert expansion, this route covers every bit of tarmac currently available in Watopia, sometimes in both directions. It is most similar to the Mega Pretzel, but adds the new Fuego Flats desert roads, the Radio Tower climb, and an Alpe du Zwift finish. Wow!

Course Profile

Beginning in downtown Watopia, you head straight for the Epic KOM. Once you cross the banner you’ll hang a left for the cursed Radio Tower climb, then it’s a quick descent to a left turn onto the jungle route.

Complete one Jungle Circuit lap and head over to the Volcano for a trip to the top. Then it’s down the Volcano, over the Esses, and zig-zagging our way to Fuego Flats in a reverse direction.

We drop down from Fuego Flats onto Ocean Boulevard, then hit the Hilly KOM reverse and back onto Fuego Flats in a forward direction. Once we hit Ocean Boulevard again we head back to Watopia’s city center, then make our way out to the final section of this route: Alpe du Zwift. Enjoy!

Level Locked

You must be level 12 or above to access The Über Pretzel in a free ride. Alternatively, you can join a group ride held on this route–but Über Pretzel group rides are exceedingly rare.

Start Points

When freeriding you will spawn just before the downtown start/finish line. For our Strava segment we started at the downtown start/finish 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: 128.3km (79.7 miles)
Elevation Gain: 2,335m (7,661′)
Strava Forward Segment


Volcano Circuit

Watopia’s “Volcano Circuit” route takes you around and through the volcanic island in a clockwise direction. To get to the circuit you must first ride ~2.6km from the spawn point, travelling through a glass bridge to arrive at the volcano.

Once you arrive you will continue to be routed around the 4km circuit. A lap counter visible just after the circuit banner indicates the number of laps you have completed.

Route details:
Distance (circuit only): 4km (2.6 miles)
Elevation Gain (circuit only): 17m (56′)
Strava Segment (1 Circuit Lap)Strava Segment (Leadin from Start Banner)Strava Segment (from Start Banner plus 1 Circuit Lap)



Volcano Circuit CCW

Watopia’s “Volcano Circuit CCW” route is nearly identical to the “Volcano Circuit” route, except you travel in a counter-clockwise direction on the circuit. To get to the circuit you must first ride ~2.6km from the spawn point, travelling through a glass bridge to arrive at the volcano.

Once you arrive you will continue to be routed around the 4km circuit in a counter-clockwise direction. A lap counter visible just after the circuit banner indicates the number of laps you have completed.

Route details:
Distance (circuit only): 4.1km (2.6 miles)
Elevation Gain (circuit only): 17m (56′)
Strava Segment (1 Circuit Lap)Strava Segment (Leadin from Start Banner)


Volcano Climb

Watopia’s “Volcano Climb” is essentially the Volcano Flat route with the corkscrew climb up the the volcano thrown in. It’s a nice route to hit if you want a mostly flat route, with one fairly steady (3.7km @ 3% grade) climb thrown in.

Route details:
Distance: 22.8km (14.2 miles)
Elevation Gain: 192m (630′)
Strava Forward SegmentStrava Climb Only Segment


Volcano Flat

Watopia’s “Volcano Flat” route is similar to the “Flat Route” except it turns at the Italian Village, bypassing the Esses and taking you around half of the volcano circuit clockwise.

Route details:
Distance: 12.3km (7.7 miles)
Elevation Gain: 46m (151′)
Strava Forward Segment Strava Reverse Segment


Custom Routes

The following routes are “custom” and only used for events. You cannot choose these routes from your ride screen, but instead must join an event using the route in order to ride it.


Volcano After Party


Run-Only Routes

11.1 Ocean Blvd

Watopia’s “11.1 Ocean Blvd” run route was named with a nod to Zwift headquarters, which is located on Ocean Blvd in Long Beach, California. Introduced in the September 30, 2018 update, this is the second-longest run route on Zwift at the time of its release.

Unlike the other run routes, this one begins with you running southward through the start/finish. You’ll find yourself on mixed-use roads quickly, progressing over the 360 bridge and onto the docks and dirt roads of the fishing village. Continue on through the underwater tunnels of Ocean Blvd, then you can finally hop onto the dedicated running path which takes you along the beachfront, over the water, and eventually into Run Valley to finish off your lap.

Route details:
Distance: 11.15km (6.93 miles)
Strava Segment

About gradient/elevation in Zwift Run: while gradient changes are visually apparent on Zwift roads, runners don’t feel any resistance or gradient changes when hitting inclines in game. This lets you set your treadmill to whatever gradient you prefer. The elevation numbers sent to Strava are then recorded from your treadmill, so if you run at 0% your run will show no elevation gain, while running at 3% will show a steady 3% gain throughout your effort.


5k Loop

Watopia’s “5k Loop” run route essentially covers all of the “run only” path introduced in the September 30, 2018 update. At 5km in length this course is just right for single or multi-lap efforts, and the twists and turns keep it visually interesting.

You’ll begin by running northward through the start/finish and through the tunnel into downtown. Make your way onto the beach, past the statues, and over the ocean skyway. Finish off by making your way back into Run Valley to the start/finish. Then head off for another lap if you’ve got the legs!

Route details:
Distance: 5km (3.1 miles)
Strava Segment

About gradient/elevation in Zwift Run: while gradient changes are visually apparent on Zwift roads, runners don’t feel any resistance or gradient changes when hitting inclines in game. This lets you set your treadmill to whatever gradient you prefer. The elevation numbers sent to Strava are then recorded from your treadmill, so if you run at 0% your run will show no elevation gain, while running at 3% will show a steady 3% gain throughout your effort.


Chili Pepper

Watopia’s “Chili Pepper” run route was introduced in the September 30, 2018 update. Most of this route is on mixed-use tarmac, so watch out for bikes!

You’ll begin by running northward through the start/finish and into the tunnel to downtown. Loop onto the main road and head over the tube bridge into the volcano, then take the land bridge to the Italian Villas and past the waterfall. From there it’s a short distance over the 360 bridge and back into Run Valley for your finish.

Route details:
Distance: 7.95km (4.94 miles)
Strava Segment

About gradient/elevation in Zwift Run: while gradient changes are visually apparent on Zwift roads, runners don’t feel any resistance or gradient changes when hitting inclines in game. This lets you set your treadmill to whatever gradient you prefer. The elevation numbers sent to Strava are then recorded from your treadmill, so if you run at 0% your run will show no elevation gain, while running at 3% will show a steady 3% gain throughout your effort.


Jon’s Route

“Jon’s Route” is named after the game’s creator/head developer Jon Mayfield, who is an avid runner himself. At 12.5km it is the longest run route available at the time of the September 30, 2018 update.

You’ll begin by running northward through the start/finish and into the tunnel to downtown. Hang a right onto the main road, then a left onto Ocean Blvd for a run through the underwater tunnels. Hit the docks and dirt of the fishing village, get over the 360 bridge and you’re on the dedicated run path. From there you’ll make your way onto the skyway, run along the beach, then return through the lap banner in the opposite direction you began.

Route details:
Distance: 12.53km (7.78 miles)
Strava Segment

About gradient/elevation in Zwift Run: while gradient changes are visually apparent on Zwift roads, runners don’t feel any resistance or gradient changes when hitting inclines in game. This lets you set your treadmill to whatever gradient you prefer. The elevation numbers sent to Strava are then recorded from your treadmill, so if you run at 0% your run will show no elevation gain, while running at 3% will show a steady 3% gain throughout your effort.


That’s Amore

Watopia’s “That’s Amore” is aptly named, since it is the only running route which takes you through the full Italian Villas section. Released in the September 30, 2018 update, this is a twisty route on mostly mixed-use roads.

You’ll begin by running northward through the start/finish and into the tunnel to downtown. Loop around onto the main road, which takes you over The Esses in a reverse direction. Cross JWB bridge and you’ll find yourself on the cobbles of the Italian Villas. Continue out of town past the waterfall and over the 360 bridge, then turn back onto the run path for a lap finish.

Route details:
Distance: 6.43km (4 miles)
Strava Segment

About gradient/elevation in Zwift Run: while gradient changes are visually apparent on Zwift roads, runners don’t feel any resistance or gradient changes when hitting inclines in game. This lets you set your treadmill to whatever gradient you prefer. The elevation numbers sent to Strava are then recorded from your treadmill, so if you run at 0% your run will show no elevation gain, while running at 3% will show a steady 3% gain throughout your effort.