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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...’