Payton Ridenour


Payton "P-Nut" Ridenour is a seven-time USA BMX National Champion, and is one of the top-ranked Amateur riders in the U.S.  Payton rides multiple cycling disciplines and won the prestigious UCI Red Bull Pump Track World Championships in 2019. She also placed 4th in the world for Jr. Elite Women in 2019 and is looking to capitalize at the World Championships. Payton is also a published author with her children's book: "A to Z: BMX Style" and is currently competing in the 2020 Olympics with Team USA.

  • What is/was your favorite subject in school and why?

My favorite subject in school was science. I always enjoyed learning the material and the labs. It’s something different that you don’t get to experience in any other subject. 


  • What is your favorite book that you’ve read?

My favorite books that I’ve read is the Harry Potter series.


  • What are you currently reading (if anything)?

Right now I’m currently rereading the Harry Potter books, haha.


  • Who was the BMX rider that you’ve admired the most growing up?

The BMX rider I admired the most growing up (and still do!) is Mariana Pajón. Not only do I admire her accomplishments, but also the person she is off the track.


  • What is a life lesson that you’ve learned through cycling?

One life lesson I’ve learned through cycling is to always believe in yourself. It’s easy to stop doing something because the goal seems unattainable in the moment. But if you’re dedicated and determined, you have a great chance at meeting your goals, no matter how big. 


  • A fun fact about me is….

...A fun fact about me is that I am a pump track world champion, an olympian, and a published children’s book author. You can buy my children’s book A to Z: BMX Style on

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