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Zwift Unveils a Futuristic New York City Virtual World

Zwift has been working on the New York city virtual world since 2017 and now you can finally ride or run the course. Zwift took on a different approach and instead of making a replica of the city and its skylines, they built a futuristic version of New York, taking you 100 years into the future.
The New York city course is Zwift’s fifth virtual world and third expansion this year.
Whether you’re a World Tour Pro rider or a newbie cyclist, our New York world is going to blow you away” commented Zwift’s Co-Founder and CEO, Eric Min. “We set out to gamify your training experience because if you enjoy your training, you train harder. It’s that simple. 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.
When you think of New York city, you think of concrete, tall buildings, and Central Park. Mostly flat and fast. However, Zwift figured out a way to give you long climbs. Zwifters can now go up high amongst Manhattan’s famous skyline on suspended glass roads. Yes, you read that right, suspended glass roads.

The New York City course features 10 new cycling routes, including:
  • RISING EMPIRE – 20.7km // 376m
    Hit the KOM in both directions on this climber’s course
  • PARK PERIMETER LOOP – 9.7km // 126m
    The outermost loop of the park
  • THE HIGHLINE – 10.5km // 179m
    Ride elevated roads in the skies above Central Park
  • LADY LIBERTY – 12.3km // 206m
    A steep climb up to the KOM before a long lap around the park
  • MIGHTY METROPOLITAN – 20.0km // 318m
    Traverse most of the park and elevated roads in a meandering loop
  • ASTORIA LINE 8 – 11.5km // 142m
    Named for the first NYC subway line, take a figure 8 path around the park
  • KNICKERBOCKER – 22.4km // 365m
    This mostly flat route has some grit in it with one trip up the KOM via the steep route
  • GRAND CENTRAL CIRCUIT – 6.8km // 144m
    Circuit course that takes the steep route up and down the KOM with a short loop around the Sprint in between
  • EVERYTHING BAGEL – 34.3km // 545m
    Hit the Sprint and KOM in both directions on this long, looping route
  • THE 6 TRAIN – 6.5km // 69m
    The shortest route around the park is flat and fast

Starting October 23rd is Zwift’s Tour of New York. The Tour of New York is a multi-stage event that takes in all areas of the new map. Finish all five stages to unlock the exclusive in-game kit. You can sign up for this multi-stage event using Zwift’s Companion app available on iOS App Store or the Google Play Store.

And here is a video preview of the course:

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