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 wins 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. During an interview, René Paquin stated that it was one of his greatest victories. "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 in 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.
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 inducting him into the Quebec Cycling Hall of Fame.
The Death of René 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.