All About the “Zwifters Nearby” Sidebar in Zwift

At its heart, Zwift is a social platform. The ability to interact with others begins at the in-game “Zwifters Nearby” sidebar, which shows a list of nearby riders/runners.

This constantly-updating bar sits on the right side of your screen, and while most of the information it contains is pretty straightforward, there are some icons and other indicators which new Zwifters may not understand.

The truth is, Zwift has managed to pack an incredible amount of information into this sidebar! Here’s a complete list of what the sidebar contains:

Always-On Elements

  • Zwifter Name (which can be customized to include your team name or other info)
  • Country flag
  • Power in w/kg (or pace for runners) – turns orange when you exceed 8 w/kg
  • Distance covered
  • Time gap in seconds to selected rider
  • Type of power device (zPower or smart trainer/power meter)
  • Badges for verified account, pro rider, and pro triathlete (pro riders are orange, triathletes are green)
  • Pace partner beacon
  • Status Icons:
    • Zwift employee status
    • Following
    • Structured Workout in progress
    • Companion app connected
    • Steering enabled

Temporary Elements

  • New segment PR
  • Ride On button: this pops up when a nearby rider gets a PR, starts an FTP test, completes a workout, takes a jersey, or gives you a Ride On (assuming you didn’t already give them a Ride On)
  • FTP test in progress
  • Leader’s jersey: shows when a rider has grabbed a sprint, KOM, or lap jersey (read more)
  • Anti-sandbagging triggered (read more)
  • Registered for Zwift Academy (this may be discontinued)
  • Boost active (this may be discontinued – read about Boost Mode)

Event-Only Elements

  • Category
  • Rider event placing (only shows if this feature is enabled for the event)
  • Event title (only shows if rider placing is enabled for the event)
  • Rider count (total shows on top if rider placing is enabled for the event, bottom number shows rider count less those listed in the sidebar)
  • Beacon indicator (yellow or red)

Whew. That’s a lot!

To help you see where each element fits into the side bar, I’ve cobbled together this visual from various screenshots so we can get all the elements in one place:

(Please note this is a composite image. So while Casey Schumm is probably currently sprinting on Zwift, I highly doubt T. Evans is a sandbagger. And Amanda Coker doesn’t lead the Roll with Castelli ride! The image is for illustrative purposes only.)

Questions or Comments?

Post below!

Eric Schlange
Eric Schlangehttp://www.zwiftinsider.com
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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Jeff Summers
Jeff Summers
1 year ago

Thanks for information. I didn’t know what all was listed there.

Mick Such
Mick Such
1 year ago

I honestly thought that the “steering enabled” was to signify a Youth rider. DOAH

Janice
Janice
1 year ago

Perfect timing! I was trying to decipher the side bar the other day. I saw a rider with what looked like a volcano icon but I still don’t know what it was. Still, great info!

Kyle
Kyle(@kylebredesky)
1 year ago
Reply to  Janice

Volcano icon would be the current KOM/QOM of the đŸŒ‹ volcano climb.

Alex
Alex
1 year ago
Reply to  Kyle

Adding the different leaders jerseys to this article would really help me work out which seems others have

Kyle
Kyle(@kylebredesky)
1 year ago

This is a fantastic article. I figured this all out over 3 years Zwifiting, but if I would have had this article when I first hopped on it would have been absolutely amazing!! Well done!!

Ilari K
Ilari K(@ilari-koivusalo)
1 year ago

Isn’t there missing Zwift workout indicator? Bars from the left side.

Michael T
Michael T
1 year ago

Does discontinuing boost mode mean they are getting rid of that feature or just the icon? Truthfully, I have only used it in one crit race.

AMS
AMS
1 year ago

Actually T.Evans…very much a sandbagger

chris andrews
chris andrews
1 year ago

please tell me more about the click for ride on button

chris andrews
chris andrews
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

you would have to be using the companion app for this to work?

RĂ¼diger Reichow
RĂ¼diger Reichow
1 year ago
Reply to  chris andrews

No… works ingame on mouseclick

chris andrews
chris andrews
1 year ago

thanks. do you mean as on your laptop? I am on apple tv and using the remote.

Paul Southworth
Paul Southworth(@psouthworth)
1 year ago
Reply to  chris andrews

It pops up when a nearby rider gets a PR, starts an FTP test, completes a workout, takes a jersey, or gives you a ride on (assuming you didn’t already give them a ride on)

chris andrews
chris andrews
1 year ago

thanks for the info

Rock
Rock
1 year ago

How does an become “Verified”?

RĂ¼diger Reichow
RĂ¼diger Reichow
1 year ago

Hi Eric, great information, even after 180+ races I did not know everything you displayed above!!! But: while in former races riders from all cats were shown in the rider list in the correct categories (if enabled by race organizer), now it seems that for many races zwifters from other categories either show up in the rider list with my own category indicator (although higher / lower) do not show up in the rider list at all (although visible ingame and on the mini map) Perhaps this is a new bug but both of the above happened to me in… Read more »

RĂ¼diger Reichow
RĂ¼diger Reichow
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

But then it seems some settings do not make any sense

T.erry (YXD)
T.erry (YXD)
1 year ago

At times the names of nearby Zwifters are shown highlighted (brighter), including my own. Any idea why?

T.erry (YXD)
T.erry (YXD)
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

I must correct myself it’s the Watts per kilogram that changes from dull to bright,, it appears to be belated the power output.

T.erry (YXD)
T.erry (YXD)
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Brightness of the white seems to change very subtle

Phil
Phil
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Maybe I’m wrong but I thought I’ve seen orange at less than 8w/kg. My guess before seeing this page was that it was a percentage of FTP/kg (eg 250% FTP/kg).

Emilio
Emilio
1 year ago

Hi Eric.
Do you know how the time gap is calculated? In my personal experience is not very accurate. For example, sometimes I got beteween 2.:30-3:00 of advantage over a rider, I stop for 5 minutes and the rider hasn’t caught me yet. Or in races, if I am X seconds behind for the last km, after he/she crosses the finish line, it always takes me much more time that the one indicated. Maybe is because I am a low D rider, why it does not work well for me.
Thanks for the article.

Emilio
Emilio
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Sorry, even though I checked before I didn’t find that articule.
Thanks for the link.

David
David
1 year ago

How do you become verified?

Daren Chandisingh
Super Member
Daren Chandisingh(@dchandisingh)
1 year ago
Reply to  David

I’d guess first be someone “notable”, then contact Zwift. I assume it’s similar to the Twitter blue tick, where someone can be verified as “the person you think they are”, rather than some other person who happens to have the same name or is trying to pretend to be that person. People like Eric Schlange and Shane Miller have a high enough profile that it makes sense

Daren Chandisingh
Super Member
Daren Chandisingh(@dchandisingh)
1 year ago

How incredibly useful! And incredible that it’s taken so long for someone to think of putting this explainer together! Not unexpected kudos for being that person!

With the Ride On button, is it worth adding that it appears when you select someone in the list to spectate them too? Maybe confetti could get its own entry in the “Temporary Elements” list – IIRC as well as setting a PR, it appears when someone completes a workout or reaches a weekly time/distance goal

MAGNUStm
MAGNUStm
1 year ago

A similar post on the map would be helpful. I’ve been on Zwift for years and still don’t fully understand all of the details.

Wanda
Wanda
1 year ago

Thanks – very helpful

Lindsey
Lindsey
10 months ago

Riding today and there was no list. Any thoughts about what to do?

Pete Piraino
Pete Piraino
9 months ago

Does the “+4123 more” at the bottom of the Zwifters Nearby menu mean the number of riders currently on THAT route, or using Zwift currently overall?

Todd
Todd(@todd-howden)
6 months ago

What happened with the latest update? Now the sidebar scrolls uncontrollably and it is very difficult to give a ride on. Little frustrating.

Amanda
Amanda
6 months ago

Does cadence show anywhere in any kind of activity. Can you please post a picture of the icon for erg mode in the switched on and switched off thx

Austin
Austin
4 months ago

Great article, I didn’t know a lot of these pieces of information. In my experience, sometimes when I’m wearing a sprint or KOM leader’s jersey the icon isn’t displayed next to my name in the Zwifters Nearby sidebar, and other times when I’m not wearing one (because my time has been eclipsed, I assume) the icon is showing in the ZN sidebar, sometimes with an upside-down U over the center of the icon. Do we know if the icon only shows when the avatar is not in first place for the segment? Or if it appears differently to other riders… Read more »

Jeanette Bostrom-Eastham
Jeanette Bostrom-Eastham(@jeanette-bostrom-eastham)
4 months ago

I’ve lost the sidebar. How do I turn it back on?

Pat Sexton
Pat Sexton
26 days ago

I accidentally swiped right on the “riders nearby” window and lost it…I cannot figure out how to restore it. Something easy I am sure but i like to see that info and would like to restore it to my display

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