Ride With Friends! All About Meetups in Zwift Companion

Ride With Friends! All About Meetups in Zwift Companion

UPDATE: the “Keep Everyone Together” option was added to Meetups in October 2019. Read more about this useful feature here >

Shane’s video below is a great tutorial for this popular Zwift featured:


Zwift Companion 3.0 has just released, and its biggest feature is Meetups: the ability for any Zwifter to organize and lead a group event. This is big news, and it’s going to take Zwift to the next level as a social platform. Here’s how it all works…

Organizing a Meetup

Meetups are organized entirely via Zwift Companion. Click “Events” then tap the trio of people near the top. Time to create a meetup! (Go ahead and give it a try–you can test out most of the features without actually creating the Meetup.)

Requesting a Quick Meetup

You can also click any currently active follower and request a meetup directly with them. This is useful for those times when you hop on Zwift and notice a friend riding and want to join them.

Joining a Meetup

Meetups behave like any other Zwift event, so you can RSVP from Companion or the Zwift startup screen. Here’s how the invite appears in Companion:

Once you are in-game you will be notified when the Meetup is starting, and you will be taken to a starting area to wait for your group. Once the ride begins you will see the usual progress meter at the top of your screen. Members of your meetup have a green highlight in the riders list so they stand out nicely.

Any in-meetup chat is visible only to those in the meetup. Nice!

Important Details

There are a few important limitations in this first iteration of Meetups:

  • You can only invite people who follow you. This was a decision made by Zwift to limit spamming and let the Meetups feature be tested by smaller groups before it expands.
  • You are limited to inviting 50 followers (for the same reasons above)
  • You can only ride on the course (world) scheduled at the time of your meetup
  • Meetups can be scheduled up to 7 days in advance
  • There is no late joining of meetups
  • You can only create three meetups per 24 hours period at this time. So be careful if you’re messing around with creating meetups, because the system will lock you out after three!

Zwift sees the massive potential of Meetups, but they want to make sure the features are stable and user-friendly before expanding. This is a smart move for sure.

Future Functionality

The core functionality just released is quite powerful, but there is certainly more to come for Meetups. Expanded features I can envision include:

  • Easy invites: a unique URL you can easily to share to let others join your ride without being followers
  • Off-calendar rides: give Meetups access to every route in Zwift
  • Culled riders: this feature already exists for events, but it would be nice if organizers could set Meetups to hide all other riders except those in the group
  • Audio chat: sure, we have Discord. But wouldn’t it be great if we could easily voice chat with those in our Meetup?
  • Event types: let organizers define what type of event this is. Can we do a group workout? How about a race, where a leaderboard is shown at the end?
  • Late join: we all have “that friend” who shows up late to every ride. An option to allow late joining for your Meetup would be nice.

I’m excited about the new Meetups feature, and I know there’s even more to come.

What do you think of the new Meetups feature, and what additional functionality would you like to see? Please share your thoughts below!

About The Author

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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Andrea Duguid
Andrea Duguid
11 months ago

I have tried zwift meet up twice and failed
Do you sit and wait on companion or zwift ?

CALVIN COULTER
CALVIN COULTER
9 months ago
Reply to  Andrea Duguid

preferably both – you need to be on Zwift to ride in any case, the companion is handy for communicating once the ride starts.

David Bettridge
David Bettridge
5 months ago
Reply to  Andrea Duguid

You need to sign into Companion AFTER the Meetup is generated, the Meetup will not update into the app.

Colin
Colin
11 months ago

If you join the meetup (by invite) the software will ask you if you want to join the meetup – assuming you are already riding before the meetup. If you accept, you will placed at the meetup start with the other riders.

Terry Bridges
Terry Bridges
11 months ago

If you have joined the “event” or meetup from t he invite, a “join” banner will appear (lower left on my PC) about 5 mins before meetup time. When the clock ticks off tp 0…you’ll be moving as soon as you pedal.

Paul Barker
Paul Barker
10 months ago

3 people were in the meet up today, and then all of a sudden two people turned left and the 3rd went straight ahead. In going straight ahead the 3rd rider dropped out of the meet up….. and then the meet up was no more…….. Strange that this happened give then meet up was set to stick together

David Slaboch
David Slaboch (@d_slaboch)
9 months ago

I use it continualy all monday and it works great. we are hapy with it. I have just one note- there aren´t availible all routes (for example Jungle circuit)
All future funcionalities sounds greate – it will be amazing.
Thanks

CALVIN COULTER
CALVIN COULTER
9 months ago

Thanks for this Eric, I’ve been a number of Meetup rides now, and they’re great. I missed one by being late, so I agree with whoever suggested late joining facility. Also, it’d be great if after the event, we could view stats of in game sprints and hill climbs for a bit of banter post ride.
Thanks for the site anyhow.

Petter Andersen
Petter Andersen
8 months ago

Can the leader in a Meetup turn and go up and down a hill several times. Then all the other people that are joining need to turn to?

snowfree52
snowfree52
8 months ago

Hello and thanks for this post !
some quick questions though:
how does drafting work in meetups ? what about meetups when everyone sticks together ?
Can you go to a meetup with a tt bike ?
thanks !

snowfree52
snowfree52
8 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

thanks !
but if the meetup has the keep together option and you go with a TT bike, does that mean the option will not work for you ?

Carolyn Audilet
Carolyn Audilet (@caudilet)
6 months ago
Reply to  snowfree52

Did you ever get an answer on this? I’m interested, too.

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[…] I tried my first meetup in Zwift. Here is a how-to from Zwift Insider if you want to try it out too. A couple of things I learned, if your friends are late even 1 second […]

Steven Bishop
Steven Bishop
8 months ago

Eric do you know what happens if the organiser doesn’t show for a meet up he’s organised? Thanks Steve

Ronald Soulard
Ronald Soulard
8 months ago

Hello, I’m in my 7 days try out. I have tried twice to join a meetup. It didn’t work. No message at start of meetup… Is it just for full membership?

Gil Santa Maria
Gil Santa Maria
8 months ago

Eric, is there a time limit for the invitation to be accepted? Is the user able to participate in the event if he accepted the invitation with less than 15 minutes to go before the event starts?

Gil Santa Maria
Gil Santa Maria
8 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

It happened with 4 guests, and the only thing in common between them, was the fact that they accepted the invitation with less than 15 minutes to go before the event

Jeff James
Jeff James
7 months ago

I’ve done meetups setup 5 minutes before start time, and all attendees were joined. Must have been a glitch for you

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[…] How to join a Meetup […]

Laura C
Laura C
8 months ago

This is great! Can I organize a meet up now and then keep adding people later as they follow me?

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[…] [Taken from Zwift Insider here: https://zwiftinsider.com/meetups/ %5D […]

Bianca
Bianca (@bianca-fdez)
7 months ago

Hi Eric, what happens in a distance meetup, without the everyone together if the rider finishes first? will everyone behind still be able to finish and get a time?

Gerardo
Gerardo
7 months ago

Hi! how can I create a meet up and share my custom workout?

Mark H
Mark H
7 months ago

How soon for culling other riders in meetups? We were in a meetup today and got mixed in with a giant group ride and it was disastrous. The group ended up spread eagle all over the road.

If Zwift is shutting down new events, at a time when everyone is confined indoors and packing the virtual roads, then culling isn’t an option.

Mark H
Mark H
7 months ago
Reply to  Mark H

culling needs to be an option, I meant.

TIm
TIm
7 months ago

Can you add additional people to an invite after you have created the meetup?

Laura C
Laura C
7 months ago
Reply to  TIm

Yes you can! Just to go edit the ride, add them, and then save at the bottom 🙂

George Allan
George Allan
7 months ago

I have tried to use meet-up but with very poor results; 2 out of 3 were able to join but the other could not. I tried to create a new meet-up but that failed too, then a third. Then I find there’s a limo of 3 a day. Useful, if would only work. Only found the video just now.

Bernardo Asbun
Bernardo Asbun (@basbun)
7 months ago

If I select a route for a meetup, what happens when I complete the route distance and considering I selected a distance longer than the route. Will I turn around and go back, or will I be heading to a different route?

Tom B
Tom B
7 months ago

Event types would be nice. Is there any way I could figure out results so that I could put on a race among friends?

Onur
7 months ago

Hello. Eric is it possible to schedule 3 meetup at the same time and date? So one will be able to lead 150 zwifter.

Dave G.
Dave G.
7 months ago

When riding with friends in a meetup, should I still be getting credit for completing a new course (e.g. course completion badge)? I’m asking because I haven’t received a badge for the last two meetups that I have completed and they were both new courses to me.

Martin
Martin
7 months ago

In a meet up, can the person who is the beacon for the ride who organised the meet up make directional changes and the group will follow? So for example, if you chose the Pretzel course and then part way around you decide you want to deviate off this route with the whole group can the leader make changes and take the group somewhere else?

MySharona
MySharona
7 months ago

Hi Eric, Is it possible to choose a custom workout and still Meetup and stay with your friends?

Rob
Rob
7 months ago

A few times in a meetup, i’ve been waiting in the corral and other riders “start” ahead of me – by as much as 15-18 seconds. Wazzup?

Carolyn Audilet
Carolyn Audilet (@caudilet)
6 months ago
Reply to  Rob

I’ve noticed that I must already be pedaling in order to start with a group. Zwift must have a lag time. I’ve noticed the same happens in my power output while riding.

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[…] world.  So our local weekend warrior cycling group decided to combine the two using the Zwift Meetup function and Zoom meetings! While not perfect, these “Zoom Meetups” are easy to set up and a fun new […]

Gregory Chapman
Gregory Chapman
7 months ago

I’ve now tried joining groups three times with no success. The first time, I was a few seconds late (can’t join late, so lesson learned). The second time, it appeared I was connected to the group, at the starting point early, but when the time came, my avatar didn’t move. I checked my sensors (all were connected), but I couldn’t start the ride. I finally exited the meetup and rode with one of the people in the ride. The problem with this is no automatic navigation, so after missing a turn requiring far too long to recover, I was dropped.… Read more »

Jess
Jess
7 months ago

My friend and I are looking to do the PRL full route tomorrow together, thought about doing as a meetup so we would stick together but if we do stop pedalling – as plan to have a toilet/coffee stop – will we be dropped from the meet up? Is there another way to work around this that you are aware of?

Ben Potter
Ben Potter
7 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

If everyone in the group stops at the same time and then starts again at the same time will the meetup retain the ‘All together’ functionality? ‘All together’ seems to work quite well when riders are behind the group leader, but I’ve seen some large gaps build when people go ahead of the group leader. I am also looking to do the PRL as a group ride and trying to decide the best strategy. We are 6 riders and broadly similar in ability. With the big loss of speed on downhills and flats would we be better to ride as… Read more »

PAUL OZIER
7 months ago

Hi – Using the App to create a Meetup. The App only shows two courses, not 3. I want to build a Meetup for Richmond, but only Watopia and New York show up for the date I want to set up. Richmond is on the Zwift course calendar as the ‘other’ course. Any ideas how to make Richmond work?

PAUL OZIER
7 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Well, that was quick. Woke up this morning with an email about the update. All Worlds are available now on the Meetup page. Cool!

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[…] called him. 20 minutes later, animatedly talking about getting “ride on’s” from my friends on Zwift and trying for personal records climbing up hills in Watovia, I think persuaded him to invest in a […]

Arnaud GALINIER
Arnaud GALINIER
7 months ago

Hello!
Is it possible in a meetup to see only green riders in the list of zwifters nearby ? Thanks

Arnaud Galinier
Arnaud Galinier
7 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Thanks,
It’s strange. Look at the screenshoot of this guy riding a meet up with me…
And I don’t know how he did… I asked but no response for the moment. It would be amazing if it was possible. He had the letter “A” like it was a race too.. I was in the same meetup and I didn’t have the lette bellow the time beetween zwifters…

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Kevin
Kevin
7 months ago

I have been using meet ups regularly for our club over the past 4 weeks whilst we are limited for outdoor riding and converted a number of riders to Zwift. The improvements over the past 12 months have been excellent and hopefully more to follow. A few observations and a question: 1) on a normal ‘outdoor’ ride if you are late you miss it so I can understand why this is set, but with many club members on budget options and sometimes having connection issues a few have missed out as they try and get connected. A late joining facility… Read more »

Ryan Baugh
Ryan Baugh
7 months ago

Hi Eric, quick one? can you change settings from Stay together to None mid ride?
basically controlled effort early then a race like finish?

Ryan Baugh
Ryan Baugh
7 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Zwift response .. thanks.. the lads and ladies will just need to hang in there 🙂

Donna DiCiacco
Donna DiCiacco
7 months ago

My companion app doesn’t show AM or PM for the Meet Up time. I’m doing a lot of Meet Ups with people in Europe, so knowing the AM or PM is important. The time says 1:00 – but that could be AM or PM since in Europe it could be 7am or 7pm. How do I fix this?? Thank you

Paul
Paul
7 months ago

Very helpful info Eric.

Is it possible to create your own route, or you have to stick with the available routes?

Paul

Mark Wood
Mark Wood
6 months ago

Any idea on how the leaderboard for sprints and KOMs are worked out when the “keep together” function is on. Is it random or based on effort exerted by the individual?

Francisco Córdoba Zamora
Francisco Córdoba Zamora
6 months ago

Quiero participar

James Metcalfe
James Metcalfe
6 months ago

Are all worlds available for meetups now whether they are on the calendar for the day or not? Because setting up a meetup for next week all are selectable from the list, and I don’t know what the May calendar will be

Daniel Gomes
Daniel Gomes
6 months ago

Can I select a Workout and have it run within a meet up?

Enrique M
Enrique M
6 months ago

Hello, quick question: I am organizing a 100km Meetup and the route I have chosen is only 47.3km long (“Dust in the Wind”). I just realized this route ends in a different place to where it starts, so it’s not a loop where we can just keep rolling. What will happen when we reach the 47.3 landmark? Should I select a different route? Thanks!!!

Paul Hogg
Paul Hogg
6 months ago

If you ride for a period of time before a meetup – what happens to the ride data? Is it lost, merged with the meetup stats or saved as a seperate ride?

Paul Hogg
Paul Hogg
6 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Awesome – thanks for taking the time to reply

sean molyneux
sean molyneux
5 months ago

are you able to create more than 3 meet ups in a 24 hour period now with the new update?

Nick (Victa) Mowat ER
Nick (Victa) Mowat ER
4 months ago

The ability to change organisers after the event has been set up would be good. Life sometimes gets in the way and the leader may not be able to join the ride they’ve arranged.

Paul Fitzpatrick
Paul Fitzpatrick
4 months ago

Although it would be good to pass on the baton, a Meetup can still happen without a leader. I set up several as part of a club ‘event’ Hare and hounds race. I had 4 meetups all the same, starting a few mins apart. Once a few had joined each MU, I changed my status in Comp App to Not Going in 3 of the 4. Worked perfectly, other MUs started as expected and my Zwift only offered me 1 of the 4 to Join.

Paul bentley
Paul bentley
21 days ago

Hi all i dont understand what i am doing wrong i create a ride and when its time i cant ride with my brother or when he creates a ride i join and we dont ride together please can someone help me or explain what i am doing wrong

Dave
Dave
8 days ago

is there a way set a standing invite list. I lead a ride every Wed evening and have to recreate the invite list each week. Would be great to set the invites and just choose the route weekly, everything else being fixed. Thanks

Rossy big dog
Rossy big dog
7 days ago

Hi.

Many meetups in and today the feature started me as the beacon in a different place to the people I invited and we didn’t meet up. Do you know what this might have been??

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