Biketoberfest turn out smaller this year, Hurricane Matthew to blame

Storm causes problems for annual bike festival

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The timing of Hurricane Matthew couldn't have been any worse for Biketoberfest. The massive festival isn't seeing nearly as many bikers this year.

"Maybe we got like 35,000 instead of 100,000 and some, so this is how bad it is this year," said Michael Hanna, owner of Michael's On The Beach.

He said his staff raced to get everything cleaned up after the storm, and now that they're open again, they're definitely noticing a difference.

"We are actually struggling. Yesterday we had a bike show right here and we usually get like 100, 130 bikers, and we only had between 30-40 bikes on the boardwalk," he said.

Not all businesses are struggling though, the Daytona Beach Inn said they're getting extra customers from other hotels that had to close.

"We're getting some extra people. It's pretty good. I mean it's unfortunate for other hotels you know, but it's really good for us," manager Nate Samlall said.

Even so, they still have a big mess to clean up. He said the air conditioning isn't working and the pool is closed indefinitely.

Jeff Cuddy and his girlfriend flew in from Massachusetts for Biketoberfest and both expected to see a lot more damage.

"I feel bad for people having to clean up all that mess, but it's not as bad as we expected it to be. We thought it would be a lot worse," he said.

Biketoberfest ends Sunday.