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.

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Le Journal de St-Léonard - February 28, 1979

 

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.