|Created by||Zwift, Inc.|
|Type||fictional environment in existing place|
Watopia is a virtual island of the virtual cycling software Zwift, situated in the Pacific Ocean on the islands of Te Anu and Naunonga, part of the Solomon Islands archipelago. Watopia is one of three courses available on Zwift, alongside Richmond and London. Watopia is the most frequent course on the Zwift Course Schedule, being active 15-19 days per month.
Watopia consists of a fictional cycling course (roads), including a hilly climb, a volcano and, since March 2016, a mountain climb that is situated on the peninsula part of Naunonga. The total course is approximately 34.5 km in length.
A map of Watopia is available on fansite http://zwiftblog.com/map/.
Zwift was originally developed as a solo project to make one of the founder's indoor training rides less boring.
Originally called Zwift Island in the referenced article, Watopia was the first of the courses developed. While Te Anu is an actual island, the roads which are present in-game do not exist in reality. The course includes underwater roads through glass tunnels which allow the rider to view marine life and other underwater features, and rides up real-world terrain through imaginary villages. The highest point in the course is the "Radio Tower", a 14% climb to the summit located on nearby Banie island.
In March 2017 the volcano route was added, which included a fantasy ride through the interior of an active volcano.
In November 2017 the Mayan ruins route was added, which includes a fantasy ride through a collection of Mayan civilization inspired features. This course is located primarily on Banie island.
- Mercanti, Saris. "New Multiplayer Online Cycling Game Zwift Revolutionizes Indoor Training". bikerumor.com.
- Schlange, Eric. "VOLCANO CLIMB RELEASED". zwiftblog.com.
- Schlange, Eric. "ZWIFT MAYAN JUNGLE COURSE EXPANSION ADDED". zwiftblog.com.
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