A small, but possibly polarizing change has been made to the leaderboard.
Update – Peloton appears to have removed this change as of 9/25. See update here.
When riding with the “Here Now” filter selected, you see all members who are actively doing the same class as you, in real time. Normally, as people finish their workout, their name & placement on the leaderboard would remain. This would allow you to compare yourself to them when you finished, or even if you were trying to catch them, keep a visible reminder of what output you needed to hit to pass them.
However, a new change has been made to the way this works – you can see it in action in the video embedded above, or here on YouTube. Now, as people complete their workouts, their names disappear from the “Here Now” leaderboard. To see their final numbers (if you don’t catch it right as they finish), you have to toggle over to the All Time leaderboard, and scroll there. Alternatively, you can look up their profile after the fact and see it there. The one variable to this is they remain on the leaderboard until they actually exit out of the class. So if someone choses to exit right after the workout hits 0 seconds left, they are removed from the leaderboard almost immediately. If instead someone stays for the brief post ride cool down, or just leaves the class open a bit, they remain on the leaderboard for longer.
This change is sure to bring mixed reactions. Many people will welcome the change, as they feel that “Here Now” means exactly what it says – people who are riding it right that moment. Others will feel that if they were on the workout at the same time as someone else, that person should remain even after they are done, as a means of comparison or seeing how you did against others going around the same time.
Peloton could possibly come back and add a setting or toggle somewhere to allow each member to control how this filter works. That might make the best of both worlds, and people can have the view that makes them the happiest.
What do you think of the change?