Zwift has announced its latest addition, which includes a handful of routes based on the famous sights and scenery of Scotland, amounting to 58.8 kilometers of new roads for Zwifters to ride.
However, the Scotland routes will only be accessible through race events until “early March”, when they will join the standard roster and become available for free rides.
For now, Zwift offers a mini preview with a handful of screenshots, with glimpses of Glasgow streets and the city’s Central Station, plus other exciting views depicting the Scottish highlands.
Here’s a breakdown of the Scottish routes:
Rolling Highlands – 14.1 kilometers with 105 meters of climbing. This rollercoaster ride around the loch will have Zwifters constantly going up or downhill. In races, the punchy course provides lots of places to attack. In riding and training, the rolling hills are the perfect place to train quick bursts of power as you push yourself up the repeated short climbs.
City and the Sgurr – 8.6 kilometers with 161 meters of climbing. Sgurr means “rocky peak” in Scottish Gaelic, and this route tackles Zwift’s newest hill from two directions. Roundabouts at the bottom of both sides of the climb mean that Zwifters can easily lap the climb, making it the perfect place for hill repeats, or very challenging racing!
Glasgow Crit Circuit – 3 kilometers with 33 meters of climbing. Zwift’s newest crit course is set in the heart of Glasgow’s city center and shows off the city’s distinctive architecture. The short course has short, punchy climbs, tight, twisty roads, and two arches. The course provides options for any length of race on the easily lapable route that’s sure to produce intense racing.
Loch Loop – 8 kilometers with 71 meters of climbing. This loop is a time trialists’ paradise – the long, lapable course, is mostly flat and incorporates some of the Rolling Highlands, but skips the bigger climbs, giving Zwifters only a few gentle hills thrown in to break up their effort. The course measures 5 miles, making it the perfect place for 5-, 10-, 15-, or 20-mile time trials or team time trials. Or, keep riding for harder efforts! For traditional racing, exploring, and training, the Loch Loop also offers a flatter alternative to the Rolling Highlands
The Muckle Yin – 25.1 kilometers with 279 meters of climbing. This is the big one – a single route that incorporates almost all of Scotland’s roads in one single loop. The route starts in the heart of Glasgow city center and quickly takes riders out to the sheer cliffs on Scotland’s west coast before rolling along north to the loch, and then to the sugar and its dramatic views. This challenging route lets you take in all of Scotland’s most distinctive and engaging features in one ride or race.
As mentioned, these routes will only be available for races and events that take place during Stage 8 of the Tour de Zwift from February 3 to 12.
Zwifters can also ride the route during Ride Scotland and Race Scotland events from February 6 to March 7.
Additionally, the February ZRacing series will entail the Scotland map as well. Moreover, Zwifters who complete a ZRacing or Ride Scotland event on the new map, will earn a Zwift Tartan virtual cycling kit.
Complete map access will start in early March with free ride, club events, meetups being added in.
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