Zwift has partnered with Haute Route for a virtual three-day event, Haute Route Watopia, which will pit riders against the toughest virtual routes on offer.
Just like a real-world Haute Route, participants will receive a rider’s handbook and complete training program and, for this event, an exclusive Le Col-designed Haute Route virtual kit.
The event itself, takes place April 3rd thru 5th, 2020 with full details and entry available here, there will be a general classification so entrants can gauge their progression throughout the three days.
Zwift CEO and co-founder Eric Min said:
I’m thrilled that our community will be able to experience the challenge of an Haute Route event on our platform.
I’ve looked at the route, and it’s certainly going to be a huge challenge. However, I always like to test myself, and I certainly look forward to taking part.
The challenge will be available across multiple time zones, but must be completed back-to-back over the three days it is held, no catch-up days for this one.
Stage 1 takes on the 48km Three Sisters route, with 890 meters of climbing over the Watopia KOM, Epic KOM and Volcano climbs.
The Tour of Fire and Ice on Stage 2 is just 25km in lengths but includes the 12.6km climb of the Alpe du Zwift with its average gradient of 8.2 per cent.
The final day, Stage 3 tackles the Pretzel, with 1,333 meters of climbing over its 72km.