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Did you know that roads are not required to be closed for sanctioned events? USA Triathlon always recommends race directors meet with local law enforcement to go over high traffic intersections within the course to ensure all high traffic intersections are manned by appropriate law enforcement. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the athlete to obey all traffic laws while on the course of a sanctioned event, unless specific instructions are received by a USAT official or uniformed police officer.
5.4 Traffic Laws. All participants must obey all traffic laws while on the cycling course unless otherwise specifically directed by a USA Triathlon official, race monitor or designee with actual authority. Unless otherwise directed in accordance with the preceding sentence, all participants shall come to a complete stop when required by a traffic sign or traffic control device and shall not proceed through any intersection unless such intersection is clear of oncoming traffic. In no case shall a cyclist cross a solid yellow line indicating a no passing zone. Any violation of this Section shall result in disqualification or a variable time penalty as determined in the sole discretion of the Head Referee.