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Zwift expands into the desert with Fuego Flats

Four new routes added with addition of Fuego Flats expansion

Just in time for the sunny Easter break, Zwift has unveiled its latest course expansion, a 20km flat desert loop that will be ideal for easy recovery rides, time trial and triathlon training, and people who just don’t like the hills.

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The last big course expansion a year ago was Alpe Du Zwift, the biggest climb in Watopia that is a close simulation of Alpe d’Huez, this latest addition is quite the opposite. It’s mostly flat road, just a few gentle gradient changes, 10km out to a roundabout and back again

The new roundabout is near the base of the Epic KOM climb on the Watopia island. It can be ridden on its own, with a 500m sprint and a 7km long effort segment to target, or as part of four new routes. They are:

  • Tempus Fugit: 18.9km/11.7 miles, 99 feet
  • Tick Tock: 16.9km/10.5 miles, 174 feet
  • The Über Pretzel: 128.6km/79.7 miles, 7823 feet
  • Out And Back Again: 39.8km/24.7 miles, 1076 feet

“As a New Yorker, I personally love to ride the rolling New York (Central Park) course - it brings back great memories for me.” Says Eric Min, Zwift CEO and Co-Founder. “However, it’s not an easy course unless you really know how and where to make your efforts. Sometimes, we all just like to have some fun on the flats, and I know a lot of Zwifters out there will enjoy the new Fuego Flats - myself included. Not only is it something for the sprinters, but it also opens up whole new possibilities to cater for our Triathlon and Time Trial audiences.”

As the flat route is naturally suited to time trialling, there’ll be new TT races announced very soon. The flat route is also ideally suited to FTP testing.

The expansion has been inspired by Death Valley where Zwift Co-Founder Jon Mayfield has apparently “spent some time riding double centuries” as well as other American deserts including Moab, the Antelope Canyon in Arizona, Mesa Verde cliff dwellings in Colorado, and the annual California Super Bloom. In an intriguing twist, the scenery also evokes history with sections of the “Wild West to Palm Springs-style resort, rich with the mid-century modern architecture that embodied the Space Age.”

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David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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