Zwift released a major update overnight bringing new dedicated running routes to Watopia, workout cloud syncing, and support for custom routes for events. Unlike previous updates where it was available on the desktop version first, this new update is already available on all platforms (MacOS, Apple TV, iOS, Android, and Windows).
NEW DEDICATED RUNNING ROUTES
Zwift added five new running routes all available in Watopia. As an Ironman athlete, I am very excited about these new routes and can’t wait to try them out as soon as I get my treadmill fixed. These running routes have a narrow running path and have no cyclists on them.
The new routes are:
- Ocean BLVD: This 11.1km (6.9mi) route takes you over the 360 bridge, into the underwater tunnel, and then bring you back home via Run Valley. This route has a total elevation of 171ft.
- 5K Loop: This route takes a twisting turning 5k journey through the heart of Run Valley, down onto the beach path, and along the scenic skyway over the ocean.
- Chili Pepper: This short 5 mi run takes you through the heart of Run Valley and then on a quick trip through the Volcano.
- Jon’s Route: This 7.8 miles is the longest route and takes a scenic tour of Watopia that hits all the highlights of the running path and the flat route.
- That’s Amore: This 4mi route will take you Run Valley over to the Italian villas.
Runners can still run along all the other available routes with cyclists, so if you feel like running up the Alpe du Zwift, you can still do that.
If you are new to running on Zwift or need some help, take a look at The Runner’s Guide to Zwift Running article.
Also, Running now supports 5k/10k tests, much like an FTP test. These are used in the 3Run13.1 plan, and a 5k test is also available in the workouts menu.
WORKOUT CLOUD SYNC
Zwift isn’t known for using Cloud support much but finally, they are starting to take advantage of it. The Workout Cloud Sync is useful if you create a custom workout on one device (PC or MAC) and wanted to use Apple TV to run Zwift. Until now, that option wasn’t available. Once enabled – apparently it’s not enabled yet – this should allow you to manage your workout library on a laptop, but enjoy the workouts on your phone, tablet, or AppleTV.
OTHER NOTABLE UPDATES
- Some training plans now have “optional” days, with no penalty for missing them
- Updated the road intersection UI
- Daily Targets (running) now will draw distance markers along the way to your goal
- Added support for custom event-only routes
- Running now supports 5k/10k tests, much like an FTP test. These are used in the 3Run13.1 plan, and a 5k test is also available in the workouts menu
NEW YORK UPDATE
According to Zwift, they are putting the final touches on the New York course, and “it will be unlike any course we’ve had before” Can’t wait to see what’s in store!