Jac Johann Steyn is a senior mechanic on the EF Education Nippo Professional cycling team.
He has quickly built a reputation within the World Tour peloton, as a dependable and talented bicycle pro, with tools in hand.
As a youngster, Steyn was an extremely competitive cyclist.
During high school, he won South African titles in the time trial and track disciplines and was a youth half-marathon mountain biking champion. However, the allure of cycling's technical challenges saw him leave his racing career behind to help the worlds top cyclists achieve their best.
Ride24 sat down with Steyn during his December holiday, back home in Pretoria.
Why the switch from competitive cycling to a support role in cycling?
Cycling got extremely expensive, and if you want to make a name for yourself from South Africa, you need to race in Europe. Since I started riding, I have always worked on my bikes, and even from a very young age, I helped out at events like the Cape Epic.
I always wanted to know what was going on with my bike. And how to solve the problem if something went wrong.
Bicycles interested me, and after school, I went to the Cape Epic to work on bikes and then helped out the Drapac team at the Boland Tour. This was followed by an opportunity to join Douglas Ryders Dimension Data outfit and I spent two years in Europe with them.
People noticed, and then out of the blue, I got an email from the management of my current team. I got invited to Girona for an interview, and in 2018, I started with the team that was racing under the Cannondale Drapac banner at the time.