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Whether it’s pouring with rain or a scalding summer day, the world of Zwift provides a place to pedal. 

With six courses and countless routes across both fictional and real locations, the world of Zwift offers a massive variety of terrain and scenery. This, of course, includes some killer climbs that rival and sometimes replicated the best the real world has to offer.

So without further ado, here are Folsom Bike’s top five climbs from the world of Zwift:

Mt Ventoux - 11.8 miles, 8.8% Average

Added as part of the 2020 France map, Ventoux is one of the most iconic climbs in the world of cycling. Similar to the Alp du Zwift, Ventoux has been replicated in loving detail, offering virtual riders an accurate taste of one of the toughest climbs in the world. 

After the first two miles, this climb maintains a steady gradient with the steepest sections coming in the final kilometers. This whole climb is likely to take an hour and a half to two and a half hours to complete, so make sure you have got your hydration dialed. 

Innsbruck KOM - 4.5 miles, 5% Average

This leafy category two climb replicates the one used in the 2018 Road World Championships. Two flatter sections roughly a third and two thirds of the way up the climb mask multiple steep sections where the road pitches up to around 10%. 

This is one of the most picturesque climbs that Zwift has to offer with great views over the virtual Austrian alpine countryside! If you are really looking for a challenge, try riding the climb seven times! That’s how many times the elite men tackled the climbs during the 2018 World Championship Road Race. 

Box Hill (London) - 1.8 miles, 5%

Another copy of a real-world climb, Box Hill is a short and sweet berg that has become as legendary amongst the Zwift community as the real version has with London’s cyclists. 

Just as with the original, Zwift’s Box Hill provides pretty views over the rolling Surrey Hills and some tough switchbacks to test the legs. 

Zwift’s designers even went as far as to replicate the iconic white paint swirls of artist Richard Long that adorn the road two-thirds of the way up the climb. This work was commissioned for the 2012 London Olympic road race, adding personality to this iconic climb.

Alpe du Zwift (Watopia) - 7.6 miles, 8%

By far the longest and toughest climb in Zwift. The Alpe du Zwift mirrors the world-famous 21 switchbacks of the Alpe d’Huez. Climbing at a sustained 8% gradient, the Alpe du Zwift is a grueling test of stamina and strength, not to mention mental strength. Make sure you've got Netflix loaded up for this epic! 

What’s worse is that unlike in real life, you are not afforded the opportunity to enjoy the descent after an hour-plus of suffering up hill. 

Leith Hill (London) - 1.2 miles, 7%

Added to the London course in January 2018, Leith Hill is a copy of one of the most notoriously tough climbs in the South London area. Riders are eased in with 300 meters of false flat before a solid mile of gradients well over 10%. 

This climb is perfect for any rider looking to improve their 5-minute power output thanks to its short and steep nature.

Just like the real thing Leith Hill is not the most picturesque of climbs as it takes place through a sustained tunnel of trees. So focus on those watts! 

Volcano Climb (Watopia) - 2.3 miles, 3%

A climb that could only exist inside the virtual realm of Watopia; the Volcano Climb takes riders from the base of a smoldering volcano all the way up to the crater via several precarious bridges across the steaming lava pit. 

The Volcano Climb is another great choice for riders looking to improve their 5-minute power output thanks to it’s short and easy gradient. It’s almost like the climb was designed for just this purpose!

These climbs sound fun but you’re not sure how to get into Zwift? Check out our Beginner’s Guide to Zwift

-Joshua Mott