How you can use Zwift to support Adrien Costa after leg amputation

Help support some fantastic causes AND keep up the winter training

Adrien Costa at the 2016 Tour of Britain (Tim De Waele/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Image credit: Corbis via Getty Images)

Zwift are giving athletes the chance to support worthy causes, including Adrien Costa who lost his leg earlier this year.

The virtual training gurus are bringing back ‘Ride With Reason,’ a fundraising drive that lets you support charities while training.

Back for it’s second year, the 2018 edition of Ride With Reason will help support the young rider whose leg was amputated after a climbing accident earlier this year.

Former Hagens Berman Axeon Costa, who stepped away from cycling in mid-2017, suffered a severe leg injury while rock climbing in California in July.

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While climbing the north ridge of Mount Conness in Mono County, a two-tonne rock gave way and crushed Costa’s leg against a boulder.

The severity of the injury to the American’s leg left doctors no choice but to amputate.

Now you can help with Costa’s medical expenses, by taking part in ‘Climb for Costa' from November 5-11.

This year you can support four different causes by taking part in Ride With Reason – Adrien Costa, the charity Qhebeka, Great Ormond Street Hospital and World Bicycle Relief.

From November 12-18, you can take part in the Zwift x Dimension Data Ride for Qhubeka.

The event will be led by pro riders during the week, with the aim of donating 500 bikes to donate to people in need in Africa.

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In the following week, you can ride in support of The Gordon and Tana Ramsay Foundation, partnered with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

Zwift will be donating $25,000 to charity as part of the challenge.

Finally, from November 25 to December 1, the chosen charity will be World Bicycle relief with the aim of donating 250 Buffalo Bikes to developing countries.

During each of the events you complete a set challenge to unlock in-game kit to support each of the charities involved.

If you complete each of the challenges throughout the month, you unlock a special kit for your avatar.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.