Zwift has just announced the first events in a 3-month fondo series for 2020. Details are still being finalized, but January’s events are on Sunday, January 5th and route lengths vary from ~30 to ~45 to ~60 miles.

January 5th Fondo Schedule

  • 1AM PST/9AM GMT
  • 6AM PST/2PM GMT
  • 9AM PST/5PM GMT
  • 11AM PST/7PM GMT

See all upcoming Zwift Fondo Series events on Zwift.com >

Kit Unlocks

This is a 3-month series, and each month’s fondo has its own unique kit unlock. These kits are exclusive, meaning they will never be available anywhere else in game. A true badge of honor! Here’s a shot of January’s kit:

Routes

Zwift Fondo events have three categories (A, B, and C) which are open to all riders. These categories don’t refer to rider strength or speed–they refer to route length.

For January, the group routes are (click for route details):

A: Gran Fondo - 97.2km (60.4 miles), 1148m (3766′)

Animated “Gran Fondo” Route Details (Watopia) Map
Animated map provided by ZwiftHacks
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.

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.

Route Basics

Length: 97.2 km (60.4 miles)
Elevation:
1148 m (3,766‘)
Lead-In: 0.5 km (0.3 miles)
Map: Watopia

Restriction: Event Only

Achievement Badge: none

Banners and Leaderboards

(in order of appearance)
Hilly KOM Reverse
Volcano KOM
Sprint Forward
Hilly KOM Forward
Epic KOM Forward

Strava Strava Segments

Gran Fondo

Route Description

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:

B: Medio Fondo - 72.6km (45.1 miles), 981m (3219′)

Animated “Medio Fondo” Route Details (Watopia) Map
Animated map provided by ZwiftHacks
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.

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.

Route Basics

Length: 72.6 km (45.1 miles)
Elevation:
981 m (3,219‘)
Lead-In: 0.5 km (0.3 miles)
Map: Watopia

Restriction: Event Only

Achievement Badge: none

Banners and Leaderboards

(in order of appearance)
Hilly KOM Reverse
Volcano KOM
Sprint Forward
Epic KOM Forward

Strava Strava Segments

Medio Fondo

Route Description

The route initially heads out Ocean Boulevard for a nice, flat warmup. Then it’s over the Hilly KOM reverse, through downtown Watopia, and over to the Volcano for a climb to it’s magma-studded peak.

Descend the Volcano and head out to the Mayan Jungle for a lap in the reverse (clockwise) direction, then return to downtown Watopia by a circuitous route which includes The Esses and the Volcano Circuit.

Lastly, it’s time to head out Ocean Boulevard once more for the big finish: a climb up the Epic KOM! The route ends at the KOM banner.

C: Bambino Fondo - 52.1km (32.4 miles), 553m (1814′)

Animated “Bambino Fondo” Route Details (Watopia) Map
Animated map provided by ZwiftHacks
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.

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.

Route Basics

Length: 52.1 km (32.4 miles)
Elevation:
553 m (1,814‘)
Lead-In: 0.5 km (0.3 miles)
Map: Watopia

Restriction: Event Only

Achievement Badge: none

Strava Strava Segments

Bambino Fondo

Route Description

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.

Is this a Race?

Officially, no. But thousands of riders will turn out for these popular “fun race” events, and the front of each category will certainly be filled with strong riders going all out. And that’s perfectly fine!

As Zwift says, in the end “It’s all about doing your best and trying to finish the toughest routes in Watopia.”