Sam Florance recently moved his family of six back to Kangaroo Island after spending 15 years on the mainland.
His sporting passion is dirt bike racing. And while living in Adelaide, he got involved with various formats or Enduro style racing.
“In moving back to KI, I feared I may have to give up my sporting passion,” Sam said.
“Since moving back, I have received some overwhelming support from local businesses to keep me on the start line.
“Ficifolia Lodge Kangaroo Island, aka mum and dad, have been a long-term major sponsor for obvious reasons.
“We met with Mark from Turner's Tyre Service Dunlop Super Dealer coincidentally on the boat on the way home from a successful event and he suggested I pop in for a chat.
“His offer for sponsorship was on a tyre and tube combo was generous to say the least. Not long after, out of the blue, my new employer Brenton from Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action offered to contribute very generously in helping me get off the island to go racing.”
This year racing the South Australian Reliability Trial Championship, Sam finished third in class with four second places and a third from seven rounds. He races on his 350cc KTM.
“Reliability trial” is a historic term that dates back to the early years of the 20th century when cycling equipment was less reliable. Riders take on tough off-road competitive sections timed to the second, linked by easy transport sections.
Rather like rallying, where drivers and their vehicles or riders and their motorcycles, must complete a designated course within a set time limit without recourse to outside help along the way.
Thorough machine preparation is vital as these trials can be won or lost in the garage. Public roads are used, meaning all machines must be registered and roadworthy.
He also completed in Australia's toughest single-day off-road event, the 2018 Penrite Hattah Desert Race that takes place near Mildura, with respectful results.
“Long story cut short is racing from the Island can get very expensive and I am greatly appreciative of what I have been offered without even asking,” he said. “I would like to publicly thank and promote the locals that have supported me do what I love.”