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Zwift Strava Segments Guide

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!

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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

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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

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Below is the kind of output you get from a race using Zwift Nation

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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

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But where is that in terms of creating a Zwift Strava Segment? Here!

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But the topographical map isnt that much use, so lets swap to the satellite map.

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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.

Neutral Sections

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

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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:

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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.

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Reverse Neutral

The Rock Tunnel

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.

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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.

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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.

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Zwift Watopia Jersey Segments 

KOM Jersey

Starting from the line at the end of the last bridge before the climb, visible below

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With 50m of elevation difference to the banner at the top

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Sprint Jersey

Flat out for the green sprint jersey

Dont forget, the start line here is in the shadow in the tunnel after the town

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Two corners and it’s all over bar the shouting

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Race Zwift Strava Segments – Watopia

Forward Direction

Figure of 8 (forwards) – 2 Laps with 600m neutral to Oceans Boulevard – 58.6km

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Flat Route (forwards) – 5 laps with 800m neutral to Oceans Tunnel  – 49.9km

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Flat Route (forwards) – 4 laps, no neutral and finish at the KOM banner

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Figure 8 (forwards) 1.5 laps – 600m neutral and ending on SECOND passing of start banner – 41.1km

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Flat Route (forwards) – 4 laps with 600m neutral to Oceans Boulevard – 40.7km

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Flat Route (forwards) – 3 laps with 600m neutral to Oceans Boulevard – 30.3km

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Figure of 8 (forwards) – 1 Lap with 600m neutral to Oceans Boulevard – 29.0km

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Reverse Direction

Flat Route (reverse) – 5 laps no neutral – 51.6km

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Flat Route (reverse) – 4 laps with 900m neutral to end of tunnel – 40.8km

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Flat Route (reverse) – 3 laps with 900m neutral to end of tunnel

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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

Flat Route 1 Lap – from Start Banner

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One lap of the hilly route

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ZTR 8 1/2 flat loops – (Half Lap neutral)

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KISS Richmond 8 Lap Flat

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ZTR 6 1/2 flat loops (Half lap neutral)

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