Apologies if this has been asked before, but is it possible to simply watch a rider/race and if so how?
Yes it is possible. Open up Zwift on your PC as if you want to ride. Then click on the rider list on the right and you will follow that rider, if the rider is not on the list you can use the companion app to search for the rider and click on the “spectate” button, you PC will then show this rider.
There’s no way to watch a race as a spectator from what I understand.
@i van: did you see my post? Nathan Guerra do it all the time when he broadcast races.
do you have to start a ride and then join the event that they’re in?
Yes you have to start a ride , joining the event makes it a lot easier. But if you can find them on the companion app you can also do a spectate view in the game.
I’ve just tried this morning using the Android app (selected ‘skip’ when it came to sensor pairing). My brother was riding and I select ‘ride with’ but it just dumped me on the road with my brother nowhere in sight. I repeated this several times to no avail.
If you can’t jump to them using Ride With it can be very difficult/impossible to find them using the map and/or clicking other riders, hoping the one you’re after appears in the list.
I feel Zwift needs a proper Spectate button, because the current way of doing things is very clunky and unreliable.
You do not do ride with. Find him on the companion app and “watch” him. Ride with just dumps your avatar next to him. You could quickly click on his name on the right where you see riders nearby then you go into watch mode until you select go back to self.