'Cycling is really hard, but ballet is even harder' — the Swedish rider who was once a ballerina

Nathalie Eklund on her journey from ballet pumps to bike shoes

Nathalie Eklund
(Image credit: Massi-Tactic)

In Edgar Degas' paintings of ballerinas, like The Dance Class, the effort of the juvenile ballerinas is clear to the viewer. The young dancers strain for perfection, under the watchful eye of the ballet master. One girl attempts an "attitude" for her examination, while her peers stretch, and their mothers look on.

Ballet was a tough discipline back in 1874, one that requires of its performers a strict lifestyle, very restrictive, and it remains one now, potentially more than that of professional cycling.

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Adam Becket
News editor

Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.