This morning Zwift unveiled its fifth and most ambitious ‘world’ so far: New York City.
Set 100 years from now, Manhattan’s famous skyline has been given a space-age makeover, and you can ride through it on futuristic glass tracks suspended high above street level.
CEO Eric Min explained that Zwift set out to gamify the training experience, because “if you enjoy your training, you train harder.”
He says: “The escapism of our New York world will transport Zwifters back to their video gaming days as they ride our futuristic take on New York, around Central Park and on the suspended glass roads above Manhattan.”
Ten new routes to race and explore
Largely based around Central Park, there are ten new routes available and a whole host of challenges to keep your interests piqued.
The 6 Train
The shortest route around the park, it's flat, fast and fun.
- Distance: 4.0mi / 6.5km
- Elevation: 226ft / 69m
The High Line
A nod to the landscaped High Line Park in New York City, this “ride in the skies” route sticks to the elevated roads and loops at the KOM arch.
- Distance: 6.5mi / 10.5km
- Elevation: 587ft / 179m
Astoria Line 8
Named after the New York City subway line, this figure 8 path loops around the park.
- Distance: 7.2mi / 11.5km
- Elevation: 465ft / 142m
Named after the 99th Mayor of New York City Fiorello H. La Guardia, this course is quick and fast lap for special events only.
- Distance: 1.7mi / 6.5km
- Elevation: 89ft / 27m
You can hit the Sprint and KOM on this this long, looping route in both directions.
- Distance: 21.3mi / 34.3km
- Elevation: 1,789ft / 545m
Grand Central Circuit
A circuit course that takes the steep route up and down the KOM with a short loop around the Sprint in between.
- Distance: 4.2mi / 6.8km
- Elevation: 472ft / 144m
This mostly flat route has some grit and kick to it, with one trip up the KOM via the steep route.
- Distance: 13.9mi / 22.4km
- Elevation: 1,197ft / 365m
A steep climb that winds up to the KOM, followed by a long lap around the park.
- Distance: 7.7mi / 12.3km
- Elevation: 674ft / 206m
Make massive moves over meadows and most of the park in this meandering mega loop.
- Distance: 12.5mi / 20.0km
- Elevation: 1,045 ft / 318m
Park Perimeter Loop
Tour the outermost loop of the park on this fun and snappy course.
- Distance: 6.1mi / 9.7km
- Elevation: 4,13ft ft / 126m
Hit the KOM in both directions on this climber’s course.
- Distance: 12.9mi / 20.7km
- Elevation: 1,234ft / 376m
If you fancy a tour of the city, you can join Eric Min's Big Apple Bike Ride at 07:00 BST on Saturday 20 October.
On 23 October, Zwift is launching the Tour of New York, a five-stage event that allows riders to unlock exclusive in-game kit on completion.