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Zwift Launches Scotland: Map Designed to Host the 2023 Esports World Championships

By Monica Buck

The new Scotland map is a purpose-built world Zwift calls “your racing playground”. The map is inspired by the city of Glasgow and the Scottish countryside, which will host the 2023 UCI Worlds in August. However, this time around, it isn’t an accurate replica of a UCI Worlds course like Zwift’s Richmond, Innsbruck and Yorkshire. Instead, Zwift decided to create a scenery inspired by Scotland to make the racing even more fun.

The map is not free-rideable at this time. It should open up in early March. For now, it is only accessible through events held on its routes. The first event in Zwift Scotland will be Thursday’s Tour de Zwift, Stage 8, where you can ride through the Rolling Highlands route.

On February 18, the 2023 UCI Esports World Championships will take place there.

Here’s the list of the 5 routes totalling 58.8 kilometres.

Rolling Highlands

  • Length: 9 km (5.6 miles)
  • Elevation: 77 m (253‘)
  • Lead-In: 5.1 km (3.2 miles)

The route begins with a long lead-in from the country paddocks, taking you down along the Cliffs, through the mystical roundabout and up Breakaway Brae to the official start/finish inside the Tower.

From the Tower start line, you’ll be making a figure 8 of the countryside roads. You’ll begin by descending the other side of Breakaway Brae, then turn left to take the Loch cut-off road and ride back the way you came on the lead-in.

You’ll continue past the starting paddocks onto “the postcard” section of the loop with its huge vistas, before corkscrewing up through the castle and taking the Loch cut-off once more. Wave hello to Nessie, then hit the Breakaway Brae KOM hard to finish!

City and the Sgurr

  • Length: 5.9 km (3.7 miles)
  • Elevation: 103 m (338‘)
  • Lead-In: 2.7 km (1.7 miles)

Begins in Glasgow with a lead-in that takes you out of the city and into the Highlands to take on the mostly-gravel climb to the Sgurr’s summit. This is no easy lead-in!

The route officially begins atop the Sgurr, then you’ll descend the shorter paved side, go around a roundabout, and climb back to the summit for your second time through the Sgurr Summit KOM banner.

Descend the gravel side of the Sgurr, ride through the mystical roundabout (especially fun at night) and then climb up once more to finish off the route. That’s a total of three Sgurr ascents.

Enjoy the view from the top, then coast to the bottom. You’ve earned it!

Glasgow Crit Circuit

  • Length: 3 km (1.9 miles)
  • Elevation: 33 m (108‘)

Racers will have to keep their eyes open and legs primed in Glasgow because it’s never flat. Be especially wary of The Clyde Kicker; it is the route’s main climb, named for the river running through the city and the bridge you can see as you summit the climb.

And watch for that final Champion’s Sprint where racers will put it all on the line for glory!

If you’re not racing, take some time to look for the famous Glasgow sights like the Finnieston Crane, Central Station, Clyde Arc bridge, and an equestrian statue, which may or may not be crowned with a traffic cone.

Loch Loop

  • Length: 8.07 km (5.0 miles)
  • Elevation: 71 m (233‘)

Begins in the Cliffs area, descending through a castle with the ocean cliffs to your right. Then it’s through the mystical roundabout (an amazing place at night!) and up the Breakaway Brae KOM to the Tower before heading back to the start/finish line.

The Muckle Yin

  • Length: 25.14 km (15.6 miles)
  • Elevation: 279 m (915‘)

This pitchy route begins and ends in Glasgow but you quickly leave the city and head to the countryside to ride the scenic Highlands roads and ascend to the Sgurr Summit in both directions.

After your second descent of the Sgurr, you’ll make your way back to Glasgow to complete the city circuit, finishing with the Champion’s Sprint.