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Makuri Islands continues its expansions with Urukazi, ‘The Islands of Giants’

Zwift, the global online fitness platform, is today revealing the roads of Urukazi, the latest expansion to Makuri Islands. Urukazi follows the November 2021 Neokyo expansion, and now includes over 40 miles of road available to explore in Makuri Islands, taking Zwifters from cityscapes to the country and now to the coast.

Urukazi (woo-roo-kah-zi) is the combination of two Okinawan words – “uru” means “shore,” and “kazi” means “breeze.” The combination of the two words is meant to evoke the serene, untouched character of the Southern Japanese archipelago. On the roads of Urukazi, you’ll find a Zwifty interpretation of those islands’ scenery as you ride pavement, gravel, and a new type of surface not yet found anywhere else on Zwift.

Enter Urukazi directly through a paddock or choose between heading south from Yumezi or Neokyo. Pedaling from Yumezi to Urukazi takes you through a slot canyon or you can explore the cave system while traveling from Neokyo. Take in the shoreline with fast gravel roads that skim the water’s edge. Marvel at the lush flora and fauna or test your legs as you rack up the miles through the varied landscapes across Makuri Islands.

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From launch, there will be 8 new routes to ride and Makuri Islands now has over 40 miles of roads to explore. 

Take a lap around this short industrial loop.

Distance: 2.5 mi // 4 km, Elevation Gain: 127 ft // 38.7m

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

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

Cruise open fields to open oceans

Distance: 20.7 mi // 33.4 km, Elevation Gain: 899 ft // 274 m

A race from city streets to sandy beaches

Distance:  15.3 mi // 24.6 km, Elevation Gain: 642 ft // 195.8 m

Tour of Makuri Islands is ongoing where you can venture through all that Makuri Islands has to offer. Stages 5 & 6 of Tour of Makuri Islands will take on these new roads of Urukazi, read more and sign up for the Tour here.

About Zwift

Zwift is the fitness company born from gaming. We’re dedicated fitness enthusiasts, experienced video game developers, and disruptive thinkers. Play is in our DNA and we know fun fuels results.

Zwift utilizes massively multiplayer online gaming technology to create rich, 3D worlds ripe for exploration. Join thousands of cyclists and runners in immersive playgrounds like London, New York, and Paris as well as our very own Watopia.

Our app connects wirelessly to exercise equipment: bike trainers, treadmills, and more, so your real world effort powers your avatar in the game.

From friendly races to social rides and structured training programs, Zwift unites a diverse community in pursuit of a more fun, immersive and social fitness experience.

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