Zwift reveals a Japanese virtual riding world

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The Yumezi map will take you into Makuri Island, with night rides a possibility (Photo: Zwift)
The Yumezi map will take you into Makuri Island, with night rides a possibility (Photo: Zwift)
  • The world's 3m Zwift riders can now cycle a great new selection of Japanese stages
  • Zwift's new addition features amazing graphics and realism
  • You can explore some of the new Japanese riding experience now, with a full launch soon

The world’s most popular virtual cycling platform has opened up a new world.

Zwift has changed the way many cyclists train. For those riders who have time constraints, or dislike training in winter weather, it has become an unmissable digital cycling tool. Dark and rainy? You can sit on that trainer, in the comfort of your home, and escape into virtual reality.

Watopia is Zwift’s most popular virtual riding world, containing various stages. The realism is a testament to current information and graphic technology, although the Watopia island is fictional, loosely based on the characteristics of a few different tropical islands.

Committed Zwifters will be thrilled to know that a new world has been added to the virtual riding platform: the Makuri Island.

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Zwift programmers and designers have faithfully tried to recreate the Japanese landscape (Photo: Zwift)

Creating more cycling options, in your living room

This new Zwift world promises stunning Japanese landscapes, architecture, roads and animals. Developers have released the new Zwift world, which will be a guest riding experience the app, until the end of May.

What does this new Zwift world offer? Eight new routes, totalling 87km, with stunning Japanese towns and landscapes.

As with everything in Zwift, exhaustive graphic modelling and computer processing power have been applied to make the new experience authentically Japanese. From pagoda architecture to traditional Japanese forests, lanterns and cobbles streets, designers at Zwift have done an amazing job.

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Makuri Island has beautiful Japanese architecture, but you can make the rides brutal, if you wish (Photo: Zwift)

Roads, cobbled streets - and some gravel

Mountains and villages constitute the routes and you can choose easy or challenging rides. The shortest Makuri Island stage is Sea to Tree, which is a 3.3km climb out of a fishing village, totalling 108m of elevation.

The longest ride is Countryside Tour, which runs for 15.9km and has 185mm of climbing. You can link multiple stages into longer rides and the possibilities are virtually endless. Especially when racing with friends or competing against riders from across the world – virtually.

For the next few days, riding can use the Yumezi map, which is a 27.6km preview route on Makuri Island. The more comprehensive experience is scheduled to be released in June, making it a perfect new training incentive for South African Zwifters who need that winter motivation.

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There are some off-road sections too, for virtual mountain bike riders to enjoy (Photo: Zwift)



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