BLAST FROM THE PAST
ODE TO THE KING
Dick Burleson in his day was the toughest off-road racer on planet earth. Off-road superstars are a unique breed and are not only fit with good genetics, they have smarts, an ungodly will to succeed and crave the pain needed to win. This is DB to a fault.
From 1974 to 1981, Dick Burleson won eight consecutive AMA National Enduro Championships, and he also won an amazing eight consecutive gold medals in the International Six Days Trials (now called the International Six Days Enduro).
In the Trans-AMA Motocross Series in 1970, his first season as a professional motocrosser, DB finished fourth overall and was top American in the series, earning him the title of American Motocross Champion.
In 1994, 13 years after his official retirement, Burleson decided to compete at the ISDE in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At 46, Burleson earned a silver medal and became the only American to ride in both American ISDT/Es. The AMA recognized that accomplishment by naming him Amateur Athlete of the Year for a record third time. In the late-1990s, Burleson earned both national and world titles in his age category on the mountain bikes.