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Zwift doubles Makuri Islands world with new neon-lit Neokyo fast-paced city routes

Ride in the dark indoors along the eight new routes in the Japanese-themed world…

Online fitness platform Zwift doubles the size of the Japanese-themed Makuri Islands world with its first expansion since the Yumezi map release back in May of this year.  

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> Watch our first ride video of the Yumezi map

Zwift is today opening the virtual roads of Neokyo, which takes inspiration from Japan’s major cities. “Vibrant colours, popping neon lights and glistening fast roads ensure this nighttime city is anything but dark,” says Zwift. With the embargo of this news lifting at 5pm in the UK, it's likely that some of you reading this will have just ridden or are about to ride through a vibrant nighttime city in real life to get home; but thanks to Zwift, now you can jump on the turbo and do it all again virtually. 

We've digressed... contrasting the tranquillity of Yumezi, Neokyo is designed to introduce the fast-paced nature of city living to Makuri Islands. “Fast flat roads, towering buildings, eye-popping neon billboards, nighttime revellers and arcade halls make Neokyo a perfect place to test your legs and ride fast,” says Zwift. 

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The new Neokyo map has eight new routes to explore, bringing the total of routes in Makuri Islands up to 16. 

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Zwifters will be able to ride between these two contrasting maps, which will be connected by a road through the rice fields.

The shortest route in the new Neokyo map is the 3.7km Rooftop Rendezvous, while the longest is the 32.5km long Temples and Towers which packs in 318m of elevation gain. 

From shortest to longest, the new routes are as follows (in Zwift’s own words): 

NB: Lead-ins are not included in distances below.

  • Rooftop Rendezvous (3.7km/56.3m elevation) - Feel the burn as you climb to the top of Neokyo, scaling rooftops and monorails on the way.
  • Railways and Rooftops (6.1km/68.9m elevation) - Take to the upper city where you will race along city railways and rooftops.
  • Sleepless City (9.5km/42.3m elevation) - Make your way through the heart of the city as you wind along this fast route.
  • Sprinter’s Playground (12.3km/67.4m elevation) - Keep that heart racing as you complete four sprints in a single route.
  • Neon Flats (14.7km/71.7m elevation) - Paint the town as you dominate three sprints along this flat route through the city.
  • Neokyo All-Nighter (24.3km/167.3m elevation) - Explore everything that Neokyo has to offer including four sprints and a KOM along this challenging route.
  • Wandering Flats (25km/145.6m elevation) - This long flatter route will take you from the scenic countryside to the bustling city.
  • Temples and Towers (32.5km/318m elevation) - From downtown rooftops to mystical temples, grind to complete three KOM's in a single route.

This is a large release, so Zwift recommends allowing time to update before joining an event. 

www.zwift.com 

Anna has been hooked on bikes ever since her youthful beginnings at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit. As an avid road and track racer, she reached the heady heights of a ProCyclingStats profile before leaving for university. Having now completed an MA in Multimedia Journalism, she’s hoping to add some (more successful) results. Although her greatest wish is for the broader acceptance of wearing funky cycling socks over the top of leg warmers.

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