Zwift, the global online training and racing platform for cyclists, has opened the roads to the latest expansion on Watopia. One year after the launch of Alpe Du Zwift, Watopia’s latest expansion is the first course focused on flat roads, thus the name Fuego Flats.
Much in the same way Zwifters called for an alpine climb like Alpe Du Zwift, flat roads are something that many have been keen to see added to the island of Watopia. Fuego Flats delivers on this request with 20 kilometers of paved road, open to all levels of Zwifters.
“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.”
The main route has just a few mild gradient changes, making it equally ideal for an easy ride or all-out effort. Tracking at 10km out and 10km back, a roundabout at the road’s end lets you see the desert from all sides or exit the desert near the base of Watopia’s Epic KOM climb. Flat roads also mean fast roads. Riders can test themselves on two new segments in the Fuego Flats — a 500m sprint and a 7km long effort — and aim to place on the leaderboard. Indeed, Watopia’s latest expansion is the perfect playground for both time trialling and FTP testing. Stay tuned for their upcoming inaugural TT race.
Fuego Flats is an area packed full of scenery that takes inspiration from the surrounding areas of Zwift’s HQ in Long Beach, CA. Zwift’s desert area draws influence not only from Death Valley, a place where Zwift co-founder Jon Mayfield has spent some time riding double centuries, but many of America’s deserts. You might recognize parts of Moab, the Antelope Canyon in Arizona, Mesa Verde cliff dwellings in Colorado, and the annual California Super Bloom.
It’s not all barren and dusty out there, though. The Fuego Flats will take you on a journey through time. Head out and get a flavor for the Wild West – keep an eye out for Watopia’s oldest (and only) saloon. Move forward through time and you will find a Palm Springs-style resort, rich with the mid-century modern architecture that embodied the Space Age.
Full Route Info
- 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
To learn more head to zwift.com.