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Sure, it's steep, with that 7-11% grade nearly continuously the whole way up, but it's really, really good for forcing you to push harder than you might on a flat. And, it looks freaking amazing on Zwift! I would have thought that this route would be talked up quite a bit on ST.
I agree with the poster above mentioning how helpful it was to have the ride segments broken up visually on the side of the screen so you can see your power on each segment. I know I'm late to the game of zwift, but I've been terribly impressed by how well thought out and useful the user interface is, without cluttering the screen unnecessarily.
After the Alpe this morning, I literally put in an order for a 55 inch 4k TV and TV stand which will be used exclusively for Zwift in my garage pain cave, as it was so good. Usually when I ride this hard, I'm hating life unless I'm on a super fun outdoor group ride - and indoors, it takes a lot out of me mentally to do these hard workouts regularly, and I find I need to stop doing them after 7-8 wks tops since it's just too hard to motivate. With Zwift, I'm hitting my biggest power readings ever during workouts while HAVING FUN (sorry Trainerroad - you are NOT fun, not at all!) , and I'm coming back for me as soon as possible - that alone makes it worth every penny, even if I'm going for a hi-endish setup.
Usually just see how fast I can go, but also occasionally use it as a form of interval training... for example nail every 3rd hairpin sector, or alternate fast/slow sectors. The fun of it is that if you haven't planned it you won't know if your effort sectors will be the longest or shortest ones :-).
Still can't believe some of the times I've seen on there. My ambition is to go sub 50 but some guys go way lower. Yikes.
The search box is not highly functional. There have been a few threads on the Alpe that I remember and a lot of mention of it in other Zwift threads here on ST. Here are 2.
Finally Made it up the Alpe
Alpe du Zwift KOM
I really enjoyed (*in a sick sort of way) doing the Norseman series, which included the Alpe: Fire and Ice 2x/month three times, not to mention, Road to the Sky over the same 12 weeks twice/monthly.
I still wear that jersey as my default avatar jersey in the game.
IMO, the Alpe has been the best part of Zwift for a while. Having the new worlds is great and racing is awesome but having a place where you can just get on the trainer and hammer in the VR of Zwift while doing a classic climb that is part of the TdF...well, that's very cool. To be able to compare with others who have done it too is also nice. I remain saddened every time I look at Zwift Power and check segments and compare my age/weight class and see how fast some old guys are. Took me forever to go from 1:20>sub 60 but there are hundreds of guys in my AG who can go sub 45 min. Sigh...
It's level locked, you have to level up to 10+ to get it unlocked.
Or, you could do it the way I did it - wait for a group ride/race or someone else riding the Alpe, and then you get to ride it even if its locked for you. I really like this system, I do think there's fun and value in making folks work to unlock stuff, but still access it in other ways.
I do wish they put more superclimbs on Zwift - really enjoyed it. Maybe they could make a long climb like the Haleakala or however it's spelled which is really long, but less steep than the Alpe. (I know you can just set trainer difficulty to cassette it down to a more manageable cadence, but I like 100% feel!)
The Alpe is definitely a fun route, love doing over/unders or just hammer up it. Shooting for sub 55!
To OP, if you are getting the big 4K TV, you might want to look into getting Apple TV 4K for Zwift, I absolutely love it!
A shortcut is to select the jungle route then at the 2nd intersection into the ride you can change your route to go up the alpe. That gets you to the alpe in about half the time. Thatâ€™s what I did repeatedly when I was trying to finish the everesting challenge to get the tron bike.
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How long before you 'win' the lightweight wheels? I've been up it 8 times and first got the lazer helmet...cool. All 7 since have been gloves and socks.
I'm using it primarily to get along to the tron bike, but hoping I score these wheels on the way!
i gave up on ST search a long time ago. Tip, just use google with 'site:forum.slowtwich.com' added e.g.
> alpe du zwift site:forum.slowtwitch.com
I know recreating a mountain like this is a huge undertaking for Zwift so it's pretty cool that they did it.
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Itâ€™s random. After you complete it they spin a wheel with experience point, gloves, wheels (the most useful thing), a helmet and perhaps a couple more things on it. I have a helmet, gloves, and a pile of experience points.
Amateur a lot of things, professional a few things.