Zwift Companion 3.17 Released: Late Join, Race Results, and Paris+France for Meetups

Zwift Companion 3.17 Released: Late Join, Race Results, and Paris+France for Meetups

Zwift has just released the latest version of their Companion app on both Android and iOS. Version 3.17 includes three important Meetup updates, giving every Zwifter even more power to create useful and fun Meetups with their friends.

While it may take several hours to roll out worldwide, most major regions already have access to the update. Let’s dig in!

Paris+France Available

Today is the first day of France and Paris as guest maps in the monthly schedule – and it’s also the first day we’ve seen Paris or France available for scheduling Meetups! These two new maps will always be available for Meetups moving forward. Allez allez!

Race Results

Selecting the new “Race Results” option under “Customize Your Meetup” will display a results screen at the end of your Meetup, and in your activity summary in Companion.

Many IRL clubs have been using Meetups to organize virtual rides for their members, but until today’s update, there was no way to get actual race results for that ride.

Two notes:

  • If you enable Race Results for your Meetup, Late Join (see below) is automatically disabled… since you can’t join a race after it begins!
  • Unlike official race events, Meetups with Race Results do not (yet) show your real-time ranking in the rider list. Hopefully, that can be added soon.
  • There are no start pens for Meetups – riders just start on the side of the road, near each other. So even if you enable race results, riders won’t start from the same line. (It appears that the sooner you join the meetup, the further up you get to start.) Unless the Meetup has hundreds of participants, riders should all start close enough that an ad-hoc race will work just fine.
  • Distance-based Meetups have a virtual finish line (blue hologram). Time-based Meetups do not have a finish line, so they may not be your best choice for a Meetup race. (On the other hand, the idea of a time-based race is intriguing…)

Late Join

All Meetups now automatically support late join! (*And there was much rejoicing!*)

This has been a popular request from Zwifters because let’s face it: cyclists are really bad at showing up on time. Late Join for Meetups works like Late Join for events – you can join a Meetup up to 30 minutes after it begins, as long as it’s still in progress.

There is no visible “Late Join” option when creating your Meetup, because it is always enabled. The only time it’s not enabled is when you choose to show Race Results (see above).

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Eric Schlange

Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava

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Paul Cooper
Paul Cooper
1 year ago

I’ve still no fence.

Garry Twiss
Garry Twiss
1 year ago

Hey Eric,

Could you elaborate on meet-up results and timing? I assume that once the count down timer finishing everyone’s time starts there so it’s still whoever crosses the line first wins?

Derek
Derek
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Setting the stage for a Zwift hour record?

Jayson Killick
Jayson Killick
1 year ago

Has the update already been released? I just went to Google Play Store and there is no update button available yet for Zwift Companion App.

David Cooper
David Cooper
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

I updated my Android phone (UK) two hours ago from the Play Store. It was already in my update queue.

Martyn Hughes
Martyn Hughes
1 year ago

Tried a ‘timed results’ distance-based meetup this morning. One rider appeared at the roadside about 400m in front of the rest of us for the start. We all grouped up to have a fair race, however, when we sprinted for the blue hologram finish line, his timing didn’t stop until he was 400m further down the road – he won the sprint but came last in the results. Something to be aware of!

Benjamin
Benjamin (@benjamin_pitt)
1 year ago
Reply to  Martyn Hughes

You sure it was a “timed event”? It states above that timed events don’t have a blue finish line. It makes far more sense if it was a distance based event, given he started and finished at the same distance as the rest of you. But yes, that’s a big issue for the final sprint if peolle don’t realise it – thanks for the heads up.

Benjamin
Benjamin (@benjamin_pitt)
1 year ago
Reply to  Benjamin

Oh wait, I read it wrong, you stated it was a distance event that was “timed”. Ignore me lol

Jet
Jet
1 year ago
Reply to  Martyn Hughes

We have noticed this too. Our local cycling community has been organizing weekly meetup races and since we have a lot of participants, this makes us all have widely different finish lines. Makes it hard to know if you are ahead or behind other riders around you and makes sprinting for the line kind of meaningless. We hope Zwift fixes this.

josh
josh
1 year ago

They need to figure out a way to smoothly make multisport races work. the way zwift duathlon is set up right now is very cumbersome, but its the best we’ve got. they need a race function with late join, but if you late join you still start at the regular starting area and have to complete the full course, not jump in with people already racing. that way you can effectively have a duathlon (or Tri when rowing comes in) Also this could neutralize the transition time effect which can be lengthy with pairing issues.

Neil Martin
Neil Martin
1 year ago

Has anyone else noticed that something seems to be broken with Meetups since the last update? I saw an issue on Saturday but then saw more weird behavior today. There were three of us in a meetup, all putting out about 2.5w/kg. Going up a 4% grade we were doing over 25 mph! Then later on the meetup we were descending and everyone was passing us. I saw that we could lonely do 11mph on a -3% downhill grade even when we upped our power…

Ant Mitchell
Ant Mitchell
1 year ago

Does steering work in Meetups ?

Ant Mitchell
Ant Mitchell
1 year ago

Since we here – the relative timings of riders ahead and behind in Meetups is also broken, or at least it was on Saturday. All times were showing as zero, although total distance was correct, so you could work out relative distance

Daniel Lucente
1 year ago

Does or will meetup functionality extend to Zwift Workout Plans? In other words, if I wanted to create a meetup and use a Zwit workout such as SST or Over Unders, could I do that?

Lindsay Boullin
Lindsay Boullin
1 year ago

Looks like there is also a more detailed in progress readout of a workout segment: internal time elapsed now counts down in figures rather than a progress bar, l which I find much better. Unless I missed a setting before.

Brad B
Brad B
10 months ago

How does late join work? If you join 10min late? Where do you get dropped in? At the start? Or with the beacon?

Miles W Billings
Miles W Billings
8 months ago

Hi Eric – I did a locals only throwdown race today using the distance meet up function with results. We had about 30 people and it was great….except for the results. Since we spawned at different locations on the road – my meet up distance meant a different finish line for everyone…some hit their line and sat up while others had a little more to go and passed those that sat up. Anyways – in the results…the person that finished on my line in 5th place turned out to the be winner in the Zwift results – not great! We… Read more »

Lynsey Segal
Lynsey Segal
7 months ago

I am interested in creating a race meetup. Is there any way to do intermediate points for sprints or say a kom?

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