There are a number of climbs in Zwift, but I couldn’t find an ordered list of climbs ranked by climbing category. So I pulled all the info I could find together into this page.
Zwift’s “Trainer Difficulty” Setting
Before going further I should state that this is not about how to change the Trainer Difficulty setting. When using a smart trainer, Zwift gives the rider the ability to make the virtual hills and mountains seem more or less realistic to the actual grade. I personally like to set this setting to maximum, but you may not.
If you are at all interested in knowing more about this, check out the following links:
- Zwift official docs for Adjusting Your Trainer Difficulty
- A useful thread from the Zwift Forums on Understanding the Trainer Difficulty Slider
- Zwift Insider’s guide to Using the Trainer Difficulty Setting
Zwift Hills / Mountains By Map and Climb Category
I have taken the climb category information from Veloviewer and Strava for each climb. I have listed all the active KOM / QOM leaderboard climbs that I am currently aware of. If I have missed any, please do leave a comment and let me know.
I have also listed any “unofficial” (non KOM / QOM) climbs that are significantly challenging.
For quick reference climb categories are determined by the length of the climb in metres, multiplied by the grade of the climb. This gives:
- Cat 4 climb: 8000
- Cat 3 climb: 16000
- Cat 2 climb: 32000
- Cat 1 climb: 64000
- HC (Hors Categorie) climb: 80000
This information is taken from Strava support
Here we go, from hardest to “easiest” climb, on each map that Zwift has to offer:
Watopia (KOM / QOM)
|1||Alpe du Zwift||HC||12.22km||1036m||8.2%|
|2||Epic KOM Reverse||2||6.19km||365m||6%|
|3||Epic KOM Forward||2||9.41km||364m||4%|
|6||Hilly KOM Reverse||n/a||2.49km||46m||2%|
Watopia Honourable Mentions
These are good climbs without a KOM / QOM leaderboard.
|1||Innsbruck KOM Reverse||2||5.73km||396m||7%|
|1||Keith Hill KOM||3||4.21km||221m||5%|
|2||Leith Hill KOM||4||1.95km||134m||7%|
|3||Box Hill KOM||4||3.01km||136m||4%|
|4||Fox Hill KOM||4||2.41km||120m||4%|
|1||NYC KOM Forward||4||1.36km||88m||6%|
|2||NYC KOM Reverse||n/a||1.14km||68m||6%|
|1||Libby Hill KOM||n/a||0.63km||39m||6%|
|2||23rd Street KOM||n/a||0.26km||27m||10%|