It’s been talked about before but it does seem that the 2013 Amgen Tour of California will following a South to North route for the first time since its inception in 2006.
The city of Escondido approved up to $475K expenditure in order to host the overall start next May. According to nctimes, the race organizers targeted Escondido to be the host city for the start of the stage race and urged the city to submit an application. These costs are in line with the costs experienced by the city of Santa Rosa which hosted the stat in 2012.
The last time the race visited the area was in February 2009 where the final stage took the riders over Palomar Mountain as they traveled from Rancho Bernardo to Escondido. The cost to host the finish in 2009 was $80K and was recouped through sponsorships.
Santa Rosa will be submitting a request to be a host city again, and they are aiming to the finish of the eighth and final stage according to the PressDemocrat.
After a hiatus of one year, the city of Solvang will also be submitting a bib to be a host city. According to keyt.com, putting on the time trial in 2011 cost $125K with the local organizing committee raising all funds needed.
The deadline for cities to submit a bid for the 2013 race is August 17, 2012.