Zwifters are placed on the same course each day according to the monthly course schedule set by Zwift HQ. Eventually riders may be able to choose in-game which course they ride on, but until then here’s an easy hack that lets you ride any course at any time.
You have a prefs.xml file in your Zwift user directory (which is in your Documents/Zwift directory on PC/Mac). Open this file in a text editor like Wordpad and simply add one of the following tags to force Zwift to place you in Watopia, Richmond, London, or Innsbruck.
To ride Watopia, add: <WORLD>1</WORLD>
To ride Richmond, add: <WORLD>2</WORLD>
To ride London, add:<WORLD>3</WORLD>
To ride Innsbruck, add: <WORLD>5</WORLD>
This text should go just after the opening <ZWIFT> tag near the top of the file. (If you place it inside of a section like “<DEVICES>” then it will not work.)
Using Zwift iOS? Here’s how to accomplish this same hack on your iDevice.
Important: Do not insert bogus values into your preferences file! Invalid values will just make Zwift behave unpredictably or even crash. Follow the instructions above carefully and you’ll be safe.
Here is a sample prefs.xml file which forces Zwift to always place you in Watopia (added text is in red):
<ZWIFT> <WORLD>1</WORLD> <DEVICES> <LASTCADENCEDEVICE>720996</LASTCADENCEDEVICE> <LASTPOWERDEVICE>720996</LASTPOWERDEVICE> </DEVICES> <CONFIG> <RICHMOND_BRANCH_PREFERENCE>0</RICHMOND_BRANCH_PREFERENCE> <BRANCH_PREFERENCE>4</BRANCH_PREFERENCE> </CONFIG> <WORKOUTS> <USE_ERG>1</USE_ERG> </WORKOUTS> </ZWIFT>
Note: special thanks for this hack go to to David A. Desrosiers who first discovered this option.