Member of the Québec Cycling Hall of Fame, René Flat Top Paquin
The Death of René Flat Top Paquin Québec cycling lost a great celebrity on Thursday January 10, 2006.
René Paquin, a leader in cycling, passed away after a long illness.He was 86 years old.
Born in 1920, René Flat Top Paquin began his cycling career in 1937.
As a matter of fact, he won his very first race which ended at the Laval coliseum in the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul ward.
During his career, one of his top win was the race he won in 1947, Montréal/St-Jérôme and return, that is 62 1/2 miles in 2 hours and 19 minutes an excellent performance.
Last year during an interview, René Paquin stated that it was one of his greatest victory.
" This is something that happened at the beginning of my career and allowed me to be treated with a lot of respect" he stated.
18 6-Day races
After having tried with professionals, ( he participated to 6-Day races in U.S.A) René Paquin decided to organize 6-Day races at Paul-Sauvé Centre along with Guy Morin, Jean Ladouceur, René Cyr and Oswald Van Delabelle.
It was taken place in 1954. A total of 18 6-Day races were organized, 10 of which took place at Paul-Sauvé Centre over and above the many Québec-Montréal races with brothers Comeli, Pepe and Frederico.
In 1988, the Cycling Federation of Québec recognized his efforts by introducing him to the Quebec Cycling Hall of Fame.
René Paquin , also calles Flat-Top, or Old Silver Fox or Mister Wheel Cataplasm could easily drive smoothly and silently on the path and suddently jump at finishing point.