Due to the Bluetooth pairing issues introduced with the update last week, I made it into my group ride tonight a few seconds late, just in time to see them rolling out of the start pens. After being dropped into the group a few hundred meters down the road, I was immediately welcomed by the “RETURN TO GROUP” notice, without ever being in front of the fence. That stayed on screen, the whole ride, even after I dropped back to help sweep. The ride had the rider position/race results turned on, but mine displayed “–/483” the whole time, even as more riders joined (leader reported 600 riders after the late join cutoff). Also, the rider list was missing the vast majority of riders, including the ride leader even if I was right next to him. The red beacon always showed in the list, no matter the gap, and there were 5 other riders, also sweeps, that would show if I was close enough to them. This was mirrored in the Companion app Zwifters list as well. As far as I could tell, chat was working fine, even if the other riders didn’t show in the list.
As soon as the ride ended, everyone else showed up in the rider list.
It’s been a long time since I’ve joined a ride late, so I don’t know if this is new behavior or if it’s been around a while.