Video: Zula & Ridenour Take Home the First Ever Pump Track Stripes

Oct 22, 2019

Tommy Zula and Payton Ridenour triumphed in their respective Men's and Women's finals at the inaugural Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships at the Swiss Bike Park in Bern to claim the honour of wearing the UCI's coveted rainbow jerseys for the first-ever time. Watch them lay it all on the line...

After 26 qualifying events in 22 countries, over 130 riders congregated at the Swiss Bike Park in Bern, Switzerland to lay it all on the line for a chance to go down in history as the first 2019 Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships winners.

The enthusiastic crowd braved the elements and stuck it out to the end as the competitors battled on track, with Tommy Zula sealing gold in the thrilling Men's final on his 26-inch MTB against junior BMXer Tristan Borel from Switzerland, with Frenchman Eddy Clerte claiming the bronze medal.

In the Women's event, talented teenager Payton Ridenour stormed to the gold medal against Nadine Aeberhard from Switzerland, with 2018 winner Von Niederhäusern making do with the bronze medal this time.

Full results on

The male podium
The Female podium


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 What happened to all the folks who kept saying BMX bikes have a clear advantage, and that there should be separate categories? Where'd you all go?
  • 4 0
 Tommy Zula is a pro BMX racer but chose to ride a Dirt Jumper - most of the male riders were also pro BMX racers but rode 20 inch BMX s- also last years entrant from the UK - Mark Ducat - rode a BMX last year but rode a dirt Jumper this year. It would be interesting to hear why they chose 26 inch wheels over 20
  • 2 0
 @AlanMcCrindle: some people say the 26" rolls over better than the 20" (sounds familiar ?) which is why they prefer it for "no pedaling" race that is pumptrack.
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 @AlanMcCrindle: I could definitely see the advantage changing based on the specific pump track. The size of the rollers probably has a big impact on which wheel size is quicker. Some of the folks on BMX bikes in the highlights video seemed like they were swimming in between rollers on this track.
  • 9 0
 had no idea macklemore was so quick round a pumptrack.
  • 5 0
 Both winner's from the Leavenworth, WA qualifier!
  • 1 0
 So, Payton is now off to a warm island with her family rocking a party. Congrats and enjoy!
  • 1 0
 If you go to Ray's CLE you'll see Tommy there. He does unthinkable things on a bicycle.
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 how can a flat earther get medals
  • 1 0
 Was he just taking the piss when he said that in the interview or was he serious?!! ????
  • 1 0
 Well it's easy, he rides on a flat surface while the others ride on a curved surface, evident advantage there I'd almost say he is cheating !

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