There seem to be THOUSANDS of Strava segments when you look at your Zwift rides. The most annoying part is you can’t easily search for types of segments, their lengths. In addition some segments have variable degrees of accuracy with regard to where the start and finish points are. So here is my guide to Zwift Strava segments!
Zwift Strava Segments Guide
Strava is basically *it* when it comes to recording, and dare I say it, publicising your work outs. If it’s not on Strava, it didnt happen! But bravado aside, Strava is also an excellent way to monitor your progress, particularly on your own personal segments out on the road, and there is always the chance I’ll finally steal that KOM from my riding mate!
But on Zwift Strava Segments have taken on a different meaning. Yes there are segments associated with the typical KOM and sprint segments where you can win your Segment Jerseys, BUT with some segments holding up by 20,000+ riders, monitoring your position there becomes almost about at useful as comparing your 1 hour distances times with that of Bradley Wiggins!
BUT the Zwift Strava segments have taken on a much greater significance in terms of being used to generate results from Zwift Races. Rene Rolighed part of Team X on Zwift, has created the excellent Zwift Nation website which allows race leaders to use pre-created Zwift Strava segments, during races, for the automatic regeneration of race results based on a riders name tag, e.g. ZTR
Note that all the riders in this ZTR event, log in before the race starts, to add ZTR at the end of their name. The rider tag allows the Zwift Nation site to pull a riders performance, from a specifically selected Strava race segment, but only from the time frame during which the race ran, hence filtering the results.
But Zwift Nation is much more than just a way to collect results. If you look above, you see a series of filter options. Zwift Nation allows you to create your rider profile, connect through Strava, but also identify yourself as part of a team, which can allow people to run Zwift Team based events
Below is the kind of output you get from a race using Zwift Nation
But why bring all of this up? It is the Strava segments which power races like the ZTR, so if a segment is misaligned, such as has the end of the segment placed 5-10 meters before or after the finish banner for the race, this will have a significant impact on the race results.
So I’d like to identify some vital landmarks, first on Watopia, and later on Richmond, if someone is looking to create their own segments.
I’ll then look at some of the commonly used ride segments, both for distance, and features – such as the Sprint and the KOM
Zwift Strava Segment – LANDMARKS
First off, in order to finish, we have to start, so where IS the start point/banner on Watopia?
The first banner, seen here from the reverse direction, is approximately 0.5km from the log in point
But where is that in terms of creating a Zwift Strava Segment? Here!
But the topographical map isnt that much use, so lets swap to the satellite map.
The start banner is just between two river sections on the coast it seems. So if you create a start point from there on any new segments, you should be accurate.
Some rides start with very short neutral, although some like the KISS, have not neutral at all.
The first commonly used neutral if using the flat course, is to the Ocean Boulevard sign, 600m from the start banner point
Neutral segments tend to use physical features, that riders can’t miss when they are approaching
The 600m neutral to the Ocean Boulevard Sign, runs thusly:
In this case, the satellite map, doesn’t give any additional information, with both maps showing the Ocean Boulevard Sign lines up with the first time the track crosses the 330m topographical line.
Going in the opposite, or reverse direction, the first natural point to use as a neutral is the end of the first rock tunnel. Again needing a clear end point for the neutral, the best location seem to be having passed THROUGH the tunnel, immediately on exiting is the start of a metal barrier. Again a good marker all riders should be able to see.
The front of the tunnel doesnt work very well as a neutral section, as there can be an element of rider interpretation as to WHERE EXACTLY the tunnel starts, but with the barrier marker, than is overcome.
In terms of Strava Segments, the metal barrier after the tunnel is 900m from the start banner.
Unfortunately both the strava, and satellite maps are relatively poor here, but if you draw a straight line between the black dot on the right hand peak (circle), to the second squiggle on the left peak (circled) your line should hit the end of the neutral. If you are in front or behind of the line, you’ll need to move your start point.
Zwift Watopia Jersey Segments
Starting from the line at the end of the last bridge before the climb, visible below
With 50m of elevation difference to the banner at the top
Flat out for the green sprint jersey
Dont forget, the start line here is in the shadow in the tunnel after the town
Two corners and it’s all over bar the shouting
Race Zwift Strava Segments – Watopia
Race Zwift Strava Segments – Richmond
Currently, you can only ride in one direction on Richmond, but there are variations to the course
Most basic segment you’ll need on the flat course
ZTR 8 1/2 flat loops – (Half Lap neutral)
ZTR 6 1/2 flat loops (Half lap neutral)