Zwift has today unveiled Crit City, its eighth map, which is an event-only course that offers racing that's designed to be fun to ride and to watch.
"Crit City has been designed explicitly with racing in mind," says Zwift. "Just 1.9km in length, with 26ft in elevation gain, this is a course that promises to deliver full-gas racing. Similar to real life criterium circuits, the circuit weaves its way around the tightly packed buildings of Crit City over cobbles and sweeping roundabouts. Dead turns, and a couple of sections of parallel road allow a few opportunities to keep a close eye on either the breakaway or the chasing bunch."
As you'd expect, there are a few sights to take in, including graffiti on one of the buildings that been inspired by the landscape of Watopia, and those watching the live racing on broadcast can take in a few Easter eggs not visible to racers, such as the Big-Z building just off the course itself.
Unlike guest maps such as Yorkshire or New York, Crit City can only be experienced by joining an event on that course. Riders eager to race can look for the first Crit City events by the end of this week, with signups via Zwift's Companion App opening up beforehand.
Head over to Zwift's website for more info.
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