In the last two days, I’ve done 5 group rides. 3 Tour de Zwift stages and 2 Herd rides. In the Tour de Zwift stages, everything worked fine. However, in the Herd rides, one of which I was supposed to be the red beacon, I was completely invisible to the other riders. Nobody could see me, either my avatar on the road or in the rider list, or my chats. DMs worked, but that’s it. Until the ride ended. Then, suddenly, I could be seen and my chats showed up. In the ride I was supposed to be the red beacon, I saw the beacon over my head and I was able to give out bulk ride-ons, but, being invisible, it was impossible for me to provide a draft and sweep other riders. Luckily, my backup was there and was also given the red beacon. In the TdZ stages, I was interacting with other riders in the event chat, not DMs, so I assume that I was visible as well.
On Thursday, I did TdZ 5B in the morning, TdZ 5C at lunchtime, and Herd Thirsty Thursday (red beacon) in the evening. On Friday, I did TdZ 6B in the evening and Herd FriYay Social about 40 minutes after completing the TdZ stage. All of these were done on the same setup (Zwift on iPad, companion app on Android phone).
Why was I in limbo specifically for the Herd rides?