Lake Como is a cyclists world heaven, and lodging in Menaggio, being at the Center of the Lake, is the best way to enjoy it. The Menaggio Youth Hostel "La Primula" is an ideal affordable place to organize great cycling week-ends or weeks. We are open from March 15th to November 5th. Mountain passes can be climbed at any time of the year; however, between March and June and September and October the air is fresher and the colours of Spring and Autumn are spectacular. High passes open from May 1st to October 31st, the lower ones are open all year round.

What we can offer to cyclists is a variety of bike tours of one or more days, self assisted or with the availability of a van to reach the main starting point of the tours. We recommend bringing your own bike if you are planning to do a tour with significant climbing and descending. It is safer and more enjoyable. For your "pride and joys" we can offer secure dry storage; however, mountain bike rentals are available at the Hostel.

Weekend example

Friday arrive at the Lodge from the Airport and visit Menaggio or Bellagio, lovely towns on the shores of Lake Como, start to assemble your bike and take an afternoon warm up ride. In the evening have a welcome dinner with us (telling us in advance if you have some particular food request).

Saturday do your main climb or tour (Stelvio, Splugen or Maloja Passes). You can start your bike tour directly from Menaggio, or better from a near starting point reachable with a van, which we can provide you for a fixed affordable rate.

Sunday Morning: climb of Ghisallo Pass above Bellagio visit the Madonna del Ghisallo (the only church in the World dedicated to cyclists) with the monument dedicated to Coppi and Bartali and visit the World Cycling Museum. Return to the Hostel for lunch and depart to the airport.

To enjoy your cycling opportunities better, we recommend arriving on Friday and leaving Monday morning. We also recommend week-long stays where you can plan with our assistance a variety of fine tours (see below), and make an easy day trip to Milano or Como if you want a break.

Preparing for The Stevlio

"Preparing for the Stelvio Pass using the Van we provided"

Ready to climb The Stevlio

"The Cyclists ready to climb"

Ready to climb The Stevlio

"Looking down from the top of Stelvio. After a hard climb, a fast descent!"

Ready to climb The Stevlio

"The curves of the Stevlio Pass"

Ready to climb The Stevlio

"The cyclists overlooking Lake Como from Ghisallo"

At the Hostel we can provide energy drinks and snacks if necessary, and we can suggest all the places along your way where you can find specialist cycle shops.

Some tour examples departing from Menaggio Youth Hostel:

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