The virtual training paradise known as Zwift Island (also called “Watopia”) has recently gotten a little bit bigger. On Monday, January 23rd, the Zwift island volcano expansion dropped. An entirely new route has become available, offering yet another training ground option for riders to conquer.
After riding the route several times, I've got a few tips to help you get the most fitness possible out of the volcano loop.
I'll start out by saying that I'm a huge proponent of using a smart trainer (like the Elite Drivo or Wahoo Kickr) with Zwift. One of the biggest complaints of riding a trainer is that it doesn't feel like riding outside. A smart trainer goes a long way towards mimicking the feel of outdoor training. By utilizing Zwift with a smart trainer, it also mimics real world conditions. This means even a “flat” road isn't really flat. Slight variations in gradient can change the type of training significantly. This is where a smart trainer shines, and you can read more detailed posts about training on Zwift with a smart trainer here.
That being said, click through the break to find out what kind of training I recommend on the new volcano expansion.