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 New York, add:<WORLD>4</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):


Note: special thanks for this hack go to to David A. Desrosiers who first discovered this option.