This week's rule is Article 3.12 — Acts of Agents.
This rule covers the conduct of anyone who appears to be associated with, or acting on behalf of a registered athlete. The behavior of the "agent," if inappropriate, could cause the athlete to be penalized.
Some examples: A spouse or significant other who uses abusive language towards an official or a volunteer might earn the athlete a disqualification for unsportsmanlike conduct. A coach who goes out on the bike course in a vehicle and in any way affects traffic or the safety of other cyclists might subject the participant to a disqualification for endangerment.
So, keep friends and family as spectators, but remember that if they misbehave, you could be penalized.
Here's the rule:
3.12. Acts of Agents.
The conduct of any agent acting with apparent authority on behalf of a participant shall constitute grounds for penalizing such participant if such agent's conduct violates any of these rules.
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