Last week Zwift, the hugely popular online ‘game’ designed to make indoor training fun (or at least vaguely bearable) announced a new add-on – Alpe du Zwift. The 7.5 mile (12km) segment climbs 3400ft /1036m at an average of 8.5% and, with its 21 hairpins, bears more than a passing resemblance to the iconic climb of Alpe d’Huez.
According to Zwift’s Chris Snook Alpe Du Zwift will be “…a fantastic training tool for those preparing for Gran Fondos this summer. For many people, this will be the only way to simulate climbs of one hour or more in length.”
At the moment Alpe du Zwift is only open to ‘Zwifters’ who’ve clocked up enough mileage to unlock level 12, although users yet to hit level 12 will be able to ride it as part of official Zwift events held on the climb or if they ride with a friend who’s unlocked the climb. CP editor Rob is training for this year’s L’Etape du Tour, so he’ll be looking to conquer the Alpe in his garage soon…
In the meantime, this video from Zwiftcast is a great reminder that games like Zwift take quite a bit of work!
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Content Director Rob's first proper road bikes were a Raleigh Sprint in the early 1980s and then a Trek 1000 in 1999. Rob – who spent 12 years as editor of our very own Cycling Plus magazine – is a proud MAMIL who commutes by bike and rides sportives slowly. He's completed a number of big rides including the 2018 Etape du Tour, dropped out of quite a few more and refuses to shave his legs unless for money. He's currently riding a Ribble Endurance SL and a CHPT3 Brompton. At 185cm and 80kgs he can't get shorter but he could get leaner.