Zwift update companion app with new features including meet ups and improved feed

The e-training platform has unveiled new features

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Online training platform Zwift has unveiled an update for its companion app that includes a number of new features.

The new software includes meet ups, an improved feed and a new mini-map.

Zwifters will also be able to comment on friends’ activities and view action shots.

The final new addition is a ‘full training plan’ view, which allows users to look further ahead into the training plan to better prepare and understand what the schedule has in store over the coming weeks and months.

A new meet ups function has been added, which allowed riders to invite up to 50 of their followers to join them for a private group ride.

Just choose a course, decide the duration of the meet up based on distance or time, select a time and date, and get riding.

Rides can be scheduled up to seven days in advance, making it easier to hook up with friends.

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The enriched activity feed means users can look at past activities in more detail, with heart rate, power and cadence charts.

Racers will also be able to view their results in the app, but you can also make info private.

The new mini-map will show you exactly where your avatar has travelled, and where fellow Zwifters gave you a ‘ride on’ and where you set personal bests.

On the social side, the new companion app will let you comment on activities and view action shots.

Photos can be saved and shared to other social media platforms.

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The Zwift companion app is a tool that lets users unlock more from their training experience.

It pairs with Zwift in-game when connected to the same Wifi network, giving greater control and making aspects easier, like sending messages, giving ‘ride ons’, and viewing workouts.

The companion app is free and available on Google Play and the iOS App Store.

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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.