Winning eight straight national enduro championships—
back when men were men and the enduros were brutal—is what sets Dick Burleson apart from the masses.
DB was always consumed with fitness and blossomed
when the world got ugly and nature got nasty. Racing for
Husqvarna his entire career, DB was detail-driven and
spent considerable effort and time preparing his machine,
working on the engine and suspension settings, and
practicing in terrain that tested every aspect of his skills.
He made the transition from motocross (where he finished
sixth in the Trans-AMA series and top American) to enduros and ISDT/E, where he garnered eight straight titles
and gold medals. He retired in 1981 and has a long list
of Baja event wins, Tecate Enduro finishes and a world
downhill mountain bike championship that followed his
departure from full-time racing. DB said it best: “It has to
come from your heart—the absolute refusal to lose.” o
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