There was a Tour de France/Carrefour sponsored event that was taking place in Taichung last year in Oct. The entire event was cancelled due to a typhoon and then never rescheduled because French organizers wanted the roads to be 100% closed and wanted a registration fee of 3000NT. The only other event that takes that much is the Taiwan KOM that gets major major big names to come and compete. Local partners said, this is Taiwan not Europe, it can’t be done. Roads can only be “semi” closed.
Yah, but the thing is, running events get the green light all the time.
I’m not an elitist and saying, running is inferior to cycling, but just shows that despite the amount of participants at cycling events and the Taiwan KOM event that takes place every year in Hualien to Wuling, cycling is still not a very popular sport, compared to running.
How I see it, the cost of cycling (if you want to be a bit more serious than just leisure rides on the riverside) just tremendously out weighs running.