Makuri Islands is Zwift's most recent world and following this latest Urukazi expansion now includes over 40 miles of road. There are eight new routes to explore, some pavement, some gravel, and Zwift teases us with "a new type of surface not yet found anywhere else on Zwift."
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Urukazi (woo-roo-kah-zi) is the combination of two Okinawan words - “uru” means “shore,” and “kazi” means “breeze.” Zwift says that the new roads available to explore in Makuri Islands will take Zwifters "from cityscapes to the country and now to the coast."
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Zwift says that you can enter this 'coastal oasis' (we're still unsure whether you can have an oasis at the coast) directly through a paddock or choose between heading south from Yumezi or Neokyo.
"Pedalling from Yumezi to Urukazi takes you through a slot canyon or you can explore the cave system while travelling from Neokyo," says Zwift. "Take in the shoreline with fast gravel roads that skim the water’s edge."
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From launch, there will be 8 new routes to ride:
Mech Isle Loop
Take a lap around this short industrial loop.
Distance: 2.5 mi // 4 km, Elevation Gain: 127 ft // 38.7m
Bridges and Boardwalks
Explore the biggest island in Urukazi.
Distance: 3.9 mi // 6.3 km, Elevation Gain, 195 ft // 59.5m
Visit all of the islands of Urukazi in a single lap.
Distance: 11.2 mi // 18 km, Elevation Gain, 421.6 ft // 128.5m
Fine and Sandy
Explore mangroves and sandy beaches on this off-road loop.
Distance: 6.5 mi // 10.6 km, Elevation Gain, 253 ft // 77.1 m
Race around the outskirts of Urukazi
Distance: 7 mi // 11.3 km, Elevation Gain, 295 ft // 90.1 m
Feel the burn on this 40 km loop around Makuri
Distance: 24.9 mi // 40 km, Elevation Gain: 1006 ft // 306.6m
Country to Coastal
Cruise open fields to open oceans
Distance: 20.7 mi // 33.4 km, Elevation Gain: 899 ft // 274 m
Turf N Surf
A race from city streets to sandy beaches
Distance: 15.3 mi // 24.6 km, Elevation Gain: 642 ft // 195.8 m
The new routes are accessible for both free rides and workouts and will also be included in Zwift's ongoing 'Tour of Makuri Islands'. Stages 5 and 6 of the Tour are said to be located in Urukazi, you can read more and sign up for that specific tour here.
Unfortunately, I'm unable to tell you what this new unheard-of terrain entails. I finish work at 5:30 pm so if you're going to spoil it for me then you'd better be quick!
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