Attention Competitive Cyclists! You Are Invited to Improve Your Start Performance!

Study Name:
Effect of Repeated Max Cycling Sprints on Simulated Cycling Standing Starts

Study Purpose:

As a competitive bicycle racer in road or mountain biking, your start performance is crucial to the overall outcome. More than likely you prepare for your race by performing a structured warm-up. By participating in this study you will have the opportunity to measure the effectiveness of your warm-up and improve your start performance. Whether you spin at a low intensity or perform multiple high intensity sprints before the start of your race, the outcome of this study will provide a measurement of the relationship between your pedaling cadence to peak torque and peak power output.

For many cyclists the terms of power output will be very familiar as Watts, a common measurement used on cycling computers. However, measuring torque- cadence relationship maybe new to you. Essentially your peak torque occurs at the beginning of your standing start and quickly drops as your cranks pick up speed, at which point your power output starts to climb. We’ll find out how long it takes and at what cadence your peak torque and power occur.

Eligibility Criteria:

1) Competitive racers in road, mountain, BMX, and track cycling disciplines.

2) Age 18-35

Time Commitment:

The experiment is designed to accommodate your schedule. You are required to attend three one-hour sessions with a minimum of 48 hours (2 days) to a maximum of 96 hours (4 days) between sessions.


Your participation can begin between 23rd May and 17th June. You choose the start date. The time of day is still to be determined.

Session Details:
Session 1: Orientation session to get acquainted with the SRM Cycle Ergometer, testing staff and fill out an informed consent and physical activity readiness questionnaire (PAR-Q) which are required in order to participate in the study.

Sessions 2 & 3: Testing. Bring your riding shoes and pedals. If you would prefer, we have SPD pedals for the bike as well as flats. Please come prepared to participate in a cycling activity that will consist of 5 or 8 maximum effort 6-second sprints with rest 15- seconds to 12-minutes between sprints. The day before and day of these sessions you are requested to avoid any high intensity training as we want you at 100% for the most accurate results. As well as avoiding alcohol the day before, and caffeine day of these sessions.


St. Leonard’s Land Physiology Lab

Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh EH8 8, United Kingdom


It’s important to note that you can withdraw from the study at any point for any reason without question. All data will be kept confidential. After your second session you will have the opportunity to see your results to see which warm-up protocol works best for you.

About the Investigator:

Daniel Heller is a mountain bike racer with an interest in studying the effects of warm- up protocols on performance. This is serving as his Master’s dissertation for the Master’s of Science in Strength and Conditioning at the University of Edinburgh. Daniel is a member of the Edinburgh University Cycling Club and an Enduro mountain bike racer who is as passionate as you about your sport.

Contact Information:

If you are interested in participating in this exciting study or have any questions, you are invited to contact Daniel Heller or Dr. Tony Turner.