Arno grew up in Ficksburg, a small town in the eastern Free State. His dad enjoyed riding bikes, so he and his brother started tagging along at a very young age. Arno soon realised that mountain biking was his passion and after winning 7 x SA National XCO titles and representing South Africa abroad by the time he matriculated, he committed to chase the dream of being a full time professional mountain biker.
With little support deals through ambassadorships from bike shops and cycling academies, Arno had to contribute part time in sales, technical support as well as social media marketing to make a living. During this period, he obtained an E-Marketing diploma from UNISA.
After achieving numerous decent results, Arno signed a professional contract and through mountain biking was offered a sports bursary at Varsity College. As a B.Com Financial Management student he won the USSA MTB 3 years in a row, elite SA XCO Cup series and the African Continental Marathon Championships in Mauritius.
Arno is the current South African Marathon Champion.
“I’ve been privileged to work with many passionate brands among very successful athletes, learning and building relationships throughout my career. Over the past few years I’ve learnt to appreciate the simple love for cycling and racing bikes. I’m really happy to be joining Insect Science, as the support, vibe and culture within the team provides the ideal structure to be the best version of myself, on and off the bike”