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

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Big Foot Hills

One of five routes rolled out with Zwift’s Titans Grove expansion, “Big Foot Hills” takes you on a meandering journey over the lower peaks of Watopia, including Titans Grove in both directions.

This longer route is perfect for a ~2-hour free ride and includes 5 different KOM sections of short to medium length. A nice choice if you want to do some VO2 max hill training!

Route Description

Begin just before the Fuego Flats start pen and hit the flat, fast desert roads to start. This is as flat as your journey will get! You’ll hang a right into Titans Grove (forward direction) after leaving Saddle Springs, ride through Titans Grove, then turn left to head toward downtown Watopia.

At the intersection near downtown, turn left to head up the original Watopia KOM, then descend down and turn left onto the gravel at the Italian Villas toward the volcano.

At the volcano, you’ll take the first right for a CCW circuit around (and through) our favorite magmatic mountain. But before you complete a full circuit you will turn left to head up the Volcano KOM–the largest climb on the route.

Once you’ve finished that climb, zip down the volcano and ride to downtown Watopia, through the main start/finish banner and back out toward Fuego Flats. But before you hit our original starting point you’ll hang a right into Titans Grove, covering that road in the reverse direction.

After Titans Grove turn right to get onto Ocean Boulevard, through the fishing village, and onto the original KOM in the reverse direction. After descending from the KOM turn right onto Ocean Boulevard, then a quick left toward Fuego Flats to finish near the same place you began.

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Once you’ve covered the initial 10km of Fuego Flats, this course is rarely flat. That said, none of the climbs are particularly long, with the Volcano KOM (3.7km, 3.2%) being the largest.

Route details:
Distance: 67.5km (41.9 miles)
Elevation Gain: 637m (2090′)
Strava Segment

Start and Finish Points

Since this route does not begin near a start/finish banner and your actual spawn location will vary a bit, we had to choose logical start/end point for our Strava segments. For now, the Zwift Insider verified segment begins/ends as you exit the Fuego Flats start pen.

We will be checking the route used for group events and may update this segment or create a new one if the start/finish line moves. (We think it’s very possible that the event route finish line will be the Fuego Flats start/finish rock arch, but we can’t confirm that until we ride a group event.)

Big Loop

Distance: 42.4km (26.6 miles)
Elevation Gain: 651m (2175′)

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Bigger Loop

Distance: 53.1km (33 miles)
Elevation Gain: 678m (2,225′)

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Dust In the Wind

One of five routes rolled out with Zwift’s Titans Grove expansion, “Dust In the Wind” covers Titans Grove twice, as well as Fuego Flats, part of Ocean Boulevard, and a Mayan Jungle out and back.

Along the way you’ll encounter a fair amount of virtual dirt/gravel road, so get to the front of the pack and make everyone else eat your dust!

Route Description

Begin by turning left off of Fuego Flats into Titans Grove reverse. You’ll ride through Titans Grove (north to south), then take Ocean Boulevard until you hang a left at the windmills to head to the Mayan Jungle.

Ride the jungle loop (clockwise), then climb out and return the way you came. Turn right when you hit Ocean Boulevard at the windmills, riding toward downtown Watopia. But you’ll hang a right toward Fuego Flats before you reach downtown.

After crossing the bridge you’ll turn right into Titans Grove to ride it once again in the same direction as before. But at the end, you will turn left and head into Saddle Springs then into the desert to finish your ride.

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None of the climbs here are particularly long or steep, but you will accumulate a fair amount of elevation over the full route.

Route details:
Distance: 54.6km (33.9 miles)
Elevation Gain: 529m (1736′)
Strava Segment

Start and Finish Points

Since this route does not begin near a start/finish banner and your actual spawn location will vary a bit, we had to choose logical start/end point for our Strava segments. For now, the Zwift Insider verified segment begins/ends at the left hand turn into Titans Grove.

We will be checking the route used for group events, and may update this segment or create a new one if the start/finish line moves. (We think it’s very possible that the event route finish line will be the Fuego Flats start/finish rock arch, but we can’t confirm that until we ride a group event.)

Figure 8

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)

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.

Mega Pretzel

Distance: 107km (66.5 miles)
Elevation Gain: 1642m (5387′)

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Mountain

Distance: 29.5km (18.3 miles)
Elevation Gain: 671m (2201′)

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Mountain 8

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

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Muir and the Mountain
John Muir, circa 1910

One of five routes rolled out with Zwift’s Titans Grove expansion, “Muir and the Mountain” takes you on a loop which includes the Titans Grove “Watopia Preserve” and the Epic KOM. Fittingly named for John Muir, “Father of National Parks”, this route’s in-game description is an adaptation of Muir’s famous quote: “The mountains are calling, and I must go.”

The route’s length and profile make it a nice choice for an hour-long session which includes a hard climbing effort.

Route Description

Begin by turning left into Titans Grove (reverse direction) and enjoy your roller-coaster ride through the sequoia forest. Hit the reverse KOM section hard if you’d like, but keep in mind the much longer and steeper Epic KOM and radio tower climbs are coming up soon!

At the end of Titans Grove hang a right onto the Fuego Flats road, descending across the bridge and turning left onto the road to the Epic KOM. Climb up through this mountain pass, and when you hit the banner at the top remember: you’re not done yet! This route takes you up even higher as you turn left to take Watopia’s steepest climb: the radio tower road.

Once you reach the tower it’s time for a long descent. Enjoy the downhill–you’ve earned it! When you reach the windmills at the Ocean Boulevard intersection turn right, then another right after climbing out of the ocean tunnel to get back onto the road to Titans Grove.

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The first 10km of this route are on the constantly rolling Titans Grove roads. Then you’ve got around 11km of climbing, 7km of descending, and 5km of fairly flat road to finish.

Route details:
Distance: 33.9km (21 miles)
Elevation Gain: 767m (2516′)
Strava Segment

Start and Finish Points

Since this route does not begin near a start/finish banner and your actual spawn location will vary a bit, we had to choose logical start/end point for our Strava segments. For now, the Zwift Insider verified segment begins/ends at the entrance to Titans Grove.

We will be checking the route used for group events and may update this segment or create a new one if the start/finish line moves.

Quatch Quest

One of five routes rolled out with Zwift’s Titans Grove expansion, “Quatch Quest” is by far the most challenging, with more than twice the elevation gain of Muir and the Mountain, the next most mountainous route.

Zwift teases us in the description of this route: “If you keep your eyes open, there’s no telling what you might see.” What are they referring to? We know a large, bluish Yeti has been spotted on Alpe du Zwift. But Sasquatch is an entirely different creature. Perhaps one is hiding in Titans Grove?

Route Description

This route begins just like Muir and the Mountain, except you get to skip the radio tower climb, and after descending the Epic KOM you’ll hang a left and head toward the Alpe.

Begin by turning left into Titans Grove (reverse direction) and enjoy your roller-coaster ride through the sequoia forest. Hit the reverse KOM section hard if you’d like, but keep in mind the much longer and steeper Epic KOM and Alpe climbs are coming up!

At the end of Titans Grove hang a right onto the Fuego Flats road, descending across the bridge and turning left onto the road to the Epic KOM. Climb up through this mountain pass, but this is only a warmup for the larger Alpe climb to come.

After descending from the Epic KOM, turn left toward the Mayan Jungle, get on the Jungle Circuit in the forward direction by turning right at the fork, then take another right to head up the Alpe. From there it’s just one long climb to the Alpe banner, which is where the route ends.

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The route’s key features are the two big climbs. The Epic KOM comes first, a bit over 9km at 4% average grade. Next comes Alpe du Zwift, a massive climb just over 12km long with an 8% average grade.

At 36.7 m/km, this route is currently 3rd overall when ranking the universe of Zwift routes by elevation gain over distance. The only two routes that beat Quatch Quest are Road to Sky and Tour of Fire and Ice.

Route details:
Distance: 45.9km (28.5 miles)
Elevation Gain: 1683m (5521′)
Strava Segment

Start and Finish Points

Since this route does not begin near a start/finish banner and your actual spawn location will vary a bit, we had to choose a logical start point for our Strava segment. For now, the Zwift Insider verified segment begins at the entrance to Titans Grove.

We will be checking the route used for group events and may update this segment or create a new one if the start line moves.

Sand and Sequoias

The simplest of five routes rolled out with Zwift’s Titans Grove expansion, “Sand and Sequoias” is aptly named since it includes the Fuego Flats desert plus the rolling road of Titans Grove sequoia forest. 

Route Description

This loop begins just before the Fuego Flats start pens, taking you out to the desert for a flat and fast first half of the route. Leaving the town of Saddle Springs around 6 miles into your ride, the road ramps up a bit then begins to descend through the sequoia grove. The landscape is changing!

Hanging a right on your descent through the trees puts you on the road through Titans Grove, and this section has a completely different feel from the desert. With tight twists and constantly changing gradients it can feel like a roller coaster at high speeds–so take a moment to slow down and enjoy the scenery. There’s lots of it!

The reverse version of this route is functional. Simply flip a u-turn to take it all in the opposite direction.

Profile

This loop divides neatly into two halves: the first half in the desert is flat, while the second half through Titans Grove is rolling with three small climbs, including a timed KOM.

Route details:
Distance: 20.2km (12.6 miles)
Elevation Gain: 147m (482′)
Strava Forward SegmentStrava Reverse Segment

Start Points

Since this route does not begin near a start/finish banner and your actual spawn location will vary a bit, we had to choose logical start/end point for our Strava segments. The forward segment begins/ends at the Fuego Flats start pens exit, while the reverse segment begins/ends when you turn left toward Titans Grove.

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

Distance: 72.2km (44.9 miles)
Elevation Gain: 1,333m (4,375′)

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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

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


Event-Only 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.

Bambino Fondo

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

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Gran Fondo

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

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Medio Fondo

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

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Volcano Climb After Party

Watopia’s “Volcano Climb After Party” is a custom route introduced for stage 4 of January 2019’s Tour de Zwift

Route Profile

If you know your Watopia routes, the easiest way to understand this route is as two laps of Volcano Flat followed by a lap of Volcano Climb ending at the volcano KOM banner. This means the first 36km (22.4 miles) of the route is quite flat, but the final volcano climb wraps it up in painful fashion. In fact, nearly half the route’s vertical gain comes in the final 4km!

Route details:
Distance: 40km (24.9 miles)
Elevation Gain: 266m (875′)
Strava Forward Segment (from start pier)


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.