Kids Under 16 Ride Free on Zwift

Kids Under 16 Ride Free on Zwift

Most Zwifting parents would love nothing more than to see their kids on Zwift and even join them for a ride or run around Watopia. Zwift has long been free for kids under 13, and that limit was raised to 16 over a year ago.  Big kudos to Zwift for making this move to encourage more riding from youngsters!

To get your child set up with a free Zwift account, visit this Zwift support page >

Parents must submit a consent request in order to get a free account set up for your kid(s). (The consent form is linked in the support post above).

1 Year at a Time

Zwift will create your child’s account and apply a free year discount code to the account. This free year will expire (after a year), and you will need to reach out to Zwift for another free year at that time, assuming your child is still under 16.

Best Practices:

  • Get a Zwift account yourself. This Zwift account doesn’t even have to be active (paid), but use it to “follow” your child’s account and monitor their activity.
  • Avoid using your child’s age in their username. Consider abbreviating their name or using a nickname in their profile.
  • Make your child’s profile private with the Zwift Companion (ZC) app, directions are available here.

Noah on his first real Zwift session--one lap of Watopia flat.
My son Noah during one of his first Zwift sessions 4 years ago. One lap of Watopia flat!

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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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Nathan Lipke
Nathan Lipke
8 months ago

For 20″ bikes it’s hard to find a setup.
I set my kid up with Cyclops Fluid with the adapter and a Wahoo speed sensor.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BT578A/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Nathan Lipke
Nathan Lipke
8 months ago

Another tip: Use meetups with “keep together” for family rides.

Julia rowe-may
Julia rowe-may
6 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Lipke

Do you have to upgrade kids membership to do this ? Mine doesn’t seem Able to do that function in meet ups

Milo
Milo
8 months ago

I am a junior that rides on Zwift and I love it. The racing and the riding around is amazing

sven
sven
8 months ago

Any equipment recommendations for kids to handle smaller bikes etc? Also, tips and tricks to do group rides with your kids?
Thanks

Nathan Lipke
Nathan Lipke
8 months ago
Reply to  sven

See my post above, I set my kid up with Cyclops Fluid with the adapter and a Wahoo speed sensor.

Adrian Amos
Adrian Amos (@ahamos)
8 months ago

Zwift has been my son’s principal training method for the past 4 years. He’s won the state championships for the last 3 years for his age group. Now, at 14 years old, he’s just edging up to 4W/Kg, and able to hold my wheel outside for hours at a time, and quickly becoming my favorite ride partner.

I was SUPER thrilled when they upped the age last year–we were right on the cusp and trying to decide whether it was worth doubling our membership investment.

Philip Campbell
8 months ago

I think it’s great to see kids enjoying cycling – indoors or outdoors!
it’s so good for their health and immune system. And even better if they can do it with their Mom or Dad.

thewannabeironman
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thewannabeironman (@wanna_b_ironman)
8 months ago

Thanks! That’s GREAT. I wasn’t aware children could go on Zwift for free. I’ve signed up my daughter, she will probably only run for now. It’s easier to set the treadmill than put her bike on a turbo trainer!

Andy Linquist
Andy Linquist
8 months ago

Zwift still hasn’t lowered the minimum weight so children are still treated as though they are 45kg/100lbs.

Steve D
Steve D
7 months ago
Reply to  Andy Linquist

You can enter a lower weight if you edit your profile in the Companion App.

Keith
Keith
7 months ago

I’m looking for help and advice configuring my kids’ accounts, specifically the weight, wheel diameter, and trainer so that they have around 3.2 w/kg.

Both kids have their bikes on a DIY stand to elevate the rear wheel off of the ground. Neither has any resistance other than a poorly maintained drive train (bad dad moment). Both have a speed sensor on the rear wheel.

First setup is for a 9 year old riding a mountain bike with 20” IRL wheels. The 13 year old has 24” IRL wheels, also a mountain bike. Thanks.

nitai zecharya
nitai zecharya
7 months ago

Will zwift kid account recive the weight of 20 kg? My son is 5 years old and looking for it so much

Lea
Lea
7 months ago

Is there certain rides that my 14 year old is unable to take part in as he cannot see the same options as my husband

Robert Prevelige
Robert Prevelige
7 months ago

When we login with my sons account, it just opens a ride menu. There are no options for races or group rides. What am I missing?

Rob Krenn
Rob Krenn (@rob_krenn)
4 months ago

My son, just turned 6. in the passt he watched me whilst riding on Zwift, but now he wants to join in. as we now the kickr bike, it is possible. set it up to the lowest setting, and remove the saddle inclusive the post, so he’s sitting on top of the frame, which I covered with an insolation roll ( plumber hardware) that we he rides up to one hr on Zwift, using my account. but now we just have asked to set up an account own his own, just not sure , how it will show up later… Read more »

Jody
Jody
4 months ago

We received email about updating our Childs information for COPPA. The link is requiring a $1 credit card charge/donation. Is this actually from Zwift? Just being careful…

Jakes
Jakes
2 months ago

My son joined as a 9 year old in May 2019 and enjoyed the platform very much. He progressed to Level 19. Now I have to renew his participation, but we do not want him to loose out on the levels and rewards he achieved to date. We keep on receiving messages that his trail period expired. I have sent several emails to the Zwift Team over the past few weeks, but I have not received any response back. Is there another way to continue with his participation without registering as a “fresh” user, loosing all that he has achieved… Read more »

Steven Ortman
Steven Ortman
17 days ago

Great but takes so long to get approval. Waiting over 2 weeks. Sent several emails with no response.

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