Zwift, the global online training platform for cyclists, triathletes and runners, has released its latest update to the Zwift Companion App with ‘three significant updates that will help transform the Zwifting experience.’
Zwift notes that the most significant of these updates is the introduction of Meetups. Meetups allows Zwifters to schedule their own rides with their friends and followers… ‘Simply pick the date and time, then choose the route and distance.’ The Meetup can then be shared with up to 50 of a Zwift user’s followers to join them for that ride.
Rides can only be shared with friends on Zwift’s Companion App, which is available for both Apple and Android devices, and can be scheduled up to seven days in advance. A release from Zwift noted that ‘It’s now easier than ever before to hook up with your ride buddies for a run or ride around the roads of Watopia.’
In addition to Meetups, Zwift’s latest version of the Companion App delivers a new enriched feed. This will allow users to view their rides in more detail. New scrollable graphs provide additional insight into speed, power and heart rate during an activity. Runners will also be able to review their running splits. Racers will also be able to review race results from within the app. Users who don’t wish to share information will also have the option to make their workouts private.
In addition to the performance charts, a new mini map will show users exactly where their avatar has travelled. ‘Not only this, but it will also show you where fellow Zwifters awarded you with a well earned ride on and also where you managed to set new personal bests.’
On the social side, the new companion app will allow Zwifters to comment on their friends’ activities and view all the action shots. Photos can also be saved and shared to other social media platforms.
Finally, a new Full Training Plan view has now been added to Zwift’s Companion App. The new view allows Zwifters to look further ahead in their training plan to better prepare and understand what they have coming up in the next few weeks or months.
Zwift’s Companion App is a tool to help users unlock more from their Zwifting experience. Zwift Companion App pairs with Zwift in game when connected to the same WiFi network. Once paired, the app provides greater control in game, ‘making and sending messages, giving ride ons, viewing your workout etc much easier, and without the need to have a keyboard within in reach.’
When out of the game, Zwift companion lets users keep track of Zwifters they follow, view training plans, browse events, and now arrange Meetups. Zwift Companion app is free and is available on both Google Play and the iOS App Store.