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Tips on how to Give and Earn Ride On’s in Zwift Cycling App

Here are the 4 easiest ways to give ride ons in the Zwift Cycling and Running App. Ride-on’s are the virtual kudos or thumbs up in the highly popular Zwift virtual cycling app.

Ever wonder how your friends have dozens of Zwift ride on after a ride? By far the easiest way to give Ride Ons is with Zwift Companion!

How to Give Multiple Ride Ons at One Time

From the live ride screen in the Zwift Companion App you can tap the white circle around your location arrow to give Ride Ons to up to 5 nearby Zwifters. Share the love!

I love doing this when you are passing a group of riders – share the love and get pockets full of Ride Ons back.

How to Give Multiple Ride Ons at One Time (Source Zwift.com)

How to Give a Zwift Ride On to a nearby rider?

Using the companion app – To give a Ride On to a nearby rider by going to the “Nearby” tab, tapping a name in the list, then tapping the blue Ride On button:

How to Give a Zwift Ride On to a nearby rider? (Source Zwift.com)

How to Zwift Ride Ons while you are out of the saddle

The Zwift Companion App also lets you give out Ride Ons when you’re not using Zwift. Just tap the Ride On button below the “Zwifting Now” bar to give a Ride On to every Zwifter you follow who is currently active on Zwift.

How to Zwift Ride Ons while you are out of the saddle and away from the computer (Source Zwift.com)

How to give a Ride On in Zwift

Also, by tapping “Zwifting Now” you can select a specific Zwifter to give them a Ride On. Talk about picking favourites!

How to give a Ride On in Zwift (Source Zwift.com)

You can give a Ride On to someone in-game by following a couple of steps:

What are the benefits of receiving a Zwift Rode Ons?

  • Click or tap a Zwifter’s name to select them.
  • See the thumbs-up button to the left of their name? Click or tap that to give them a Ride On.
  • Your camera is now centered on the other rider. Select “Return to me” in the bottom left corner of your screen to put the view back on you.
  • If a rider accomplishes a goal or gets a personal record, you might see a spray of confetti along with a thumbs-up icon beside their name. This lets you quickly give them a Ride On without changing your view.

When you receive a Ride On, your Drop rate doubles for 15 seconds. Receive a Ride on while climbing a steep hill and you’ll really earn those Drops quickly!

How to use Ride Ons to increase my Drop Rate?

What a fantastic idea by Zwift to use Ride on kudos to boost the in-game currency (drops of sweat). By giving a ride on a 15-second boost to your drop rate, it encourages us to encourage others. The next time you are racing down the descent after climbing Alpe du Zwift, remember to give out “Ride Ons” to those riders still battling to the summit.

Find Me On Zwift

Feel free to send some Ride Ons my way. Find me on Zwift.

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Mark Hanlon


Mark is an avid photographer, Starbucks addict, motivated cyclist, struggling runner, and rocking single parent living outside of Toronto, Ontario. Living with two chronic ilnesses, Crohn’s Disease and Diabetes, life for this Transportation Planner and Registered Professional Planner (RPP) can be an interesting mix.