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• He’s been a fac­tory KTM rider for two years and signed a two-year ex­ten­sion to his con­tract at the end of 2016 be­fore head­ing to the Dakar. • He trains six days a week and rides his KTM for four days. • In his garage he has a fac­tory KTM Rally bike along with two KTM 450 SXFS, a mo­tocross bike, mountain bike and a road cy­cling bike. • Sam trav­els to Spain for in­ten­sive road book train­ing with his team boss Jordi Vil­ladoms. • One month be­fore Dakar he and his wife, Sophie, slept in an al­ti­tude tent which lim­its oxy­gen in an ef­fort to pre­pare for the ex­treme al­ti­tude he would en­counter dur­ing Dakar. • Sun­der­land has al­ready be­gun pre­par­ing for the 2017 World Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship, which kicks off in Dubai on April 1 be­fore head­ing to Qatar, Chile, Ar­gentina and Libya. • His dog is a pit­bull, called Beau.

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Camel grass roots are so firm it’s like rid­ing through a field of con­crete humps ‘You have to keep go­ing, no mat­ter what gets thrown at you...’

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