Todd Williams needs more staff, more supplies and more time.
"I had no advanced warning on this," Williams of Cherry Bean Coffeehouse said. "Even if we are successful on Saturday, I will be completely out of inventory for Sunday and Monday."
The Criterium Race ranging from all skill levels is set for this Saturday for the entire day. That means the streets will be blocked off.
Most businesses in Oldtown Salinas found out about the bike race from temporary no parking signs for Saturday. Then Friday they were handed flyers.
The Oldtown block portion from Main Street down to Lincoln Avenue will be nothing but bikes.
"We're having a hard enough time as it is keeping our heads of above water we don't need any extra help drowning," Williams said.
At a special meeting Friday at City Hall merchants came to express their frustration and board members admitted to being left in the dark.
"We first got knowledge of it yesterday morning," said Ken Steen, Vice President of the Oldtown Salinas Association.
Don Chapin III in charge of the race as a part of the Monterey Bay racing team and said he wanted the communication to be better throughout the process
"I would have love to gone to each business and really kind of share our bike race. It's really to promote downtown," Chapin said.
It's still unclear at this point where the ball was dropped in terms of communications. Central Coast News couldn't get a straight answer today, except for that Chapin was told by the city he didn't need to notify businesses.