Professor Bruce Jayne, University of Cincinnati

SmartStart Interview: Prof. Bruce Jayne

Why a power meter trumps new race wheels, and other truths

Professor Bruce Jayne of the University of Cincinnati's Department of Biological Sciences loves to ride his bike. In fact, he's getting a new titanium frame, soon. 

But he also knows how to help racers line themselves up for success. And he does it with little plastic lancets. 

You think you know about heart rate and power training? Well, you don't want to go up against Professor Jayne. In this video, he warmly, enthusiastically, and expertly explains lactate, training with heart rate vs training with power, and why you really should spend your upgrade bucks on a power meter before you buy a set of race wheels.  Scroll down to see a complete list of topics and time signatures for this interview.

Watch, listen, and learn. He's convincing. 

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required Email Address *

Schedule a Lactate Threshold Test with Prof. Jayne

Prof. Jayne welcomes appointments for lactate threshold tests at the University of Cincinnati physiology lab. Contact him for costs and logistics. Funds raised from the testing fee support the UC Cycling Club. Please be respectful of his time: he is not available for result interpretation or coaching requests.

Bruce C. Jayne
Professor, Assistant Department Head
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210006
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0006 USA

Office phone: 513 556-7012

  • Why a new racer SHOULD get tested   00:33
  • The test procedure: What the rider does   3:01
  • What the technician does   6:33
  • What's actually measured   8:06
  • Aerobic vs. Anaerobic energy   8:51
  • Advantages of a lab test over a field test   10:14
  • Do you need to ride to max effort during this test?   12:14
  • Genetic limitations — Can LT be improved?   14:04
  • Improving efficiency   16:16
  • Encouragement for the needle-phobic   17:07
  • The data a rider receives after the test   18:49
  • If you only have a heart rate monitor   19:48
  • Zones based on max heart rate   20:48
  • Power meter vs. new race wheels   21:00
  • HR vs power during interval training   22:06
  • Decoupling. Cardiac Drift. Fatigue.   24:24
  • How often a racer should test   26:16
  • Where can a racer get tested?   29:17
Sam Lowe

I've been a road cyclist with a penchant for speed ever since my first-ever paycheck holiday. I blew the whole wad on a turquoise Schwinn Tempo with then-new Shimano 105 indexed shifting way back in 1985. I've been a voracious consumer of racing-oriented information ever since. Training, nutrition, bike fit, racing techniques, and all manner of "kit." Between nearly 30 years of riding, racing, and reading about racing, I'm ready to help you get ready to race.

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name