Skin blood flow (SkBF) was measured in six male subjects using laser-Doppler velocimetry, with zero-gradient auditory canal temperature (Tac) used as an index of body core temperature (Tc). Subjects performed incremental, upright cycling commencing at 40% peak power (Wpeak: 10 min), increasing every 4 min by 5% Wpeak thereafter. Trials were conducted in hot (ambient temperature (Ta) 36.7 +/- 0.2 degree C, relative humidity (rh) 46.1 +/- 3.2%; mean +/- S.D.), and neutral environments (Ta 19.6 +/- 0.3 degree C, rh 50.2 +/- 1.4%). SkBF increased with Tac in all subjects. Attenuation of SkBF occurred at the same Tac, relative SkBF and cardiac frequency (fc) between environments, but at a lower exercise intensity (40.8 +/- 0.8% versus 55.8 +/- 3.0% Wpeak) in the hot environment (p < 0.05). Data indicate that Tc thresholds for SkBF attenuation may exist. However, it is suggested that attenuation thresholds coincided with a reduced central blood volume, which may occur at a critical level of cutaneous blood pooling.