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

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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)


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, Part 1Strava Segment, Part 2Strava Segment, Part 3
(We had to break this route into three segments due to Strava limitations.)


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.