René Pijnen

René Pijnen

René Pijnen in 1975
Personal information
Full name Marinus Augustinus Josephus Pijnen
Nickname René
Born (1946-09-03) 3 September 1946
Woensdrecht, the Netherlands
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Track and road
Role Rider
Rider type Six-day / Madison race
Infobox last updated on
12 October 2007

Marinus "René" Augustinus Josephus Pijnen (born 3 September 1946) is a Dutch former racing cyclist.

He became Olympic champion in the 100 km team time-trial in the 1968 Summer Olympics with Joop Zoetemelk, Fedor den Hertog and Jan Krekels; he finished fifth in the individual road race.[1]

Professional career

A professional from 1969 to 1987, Pijnen was a capable track cyclist, winning the European madison championship six times, a record he shares with Patrick Sercu). He also won 72 six-day races out of 233 starts, with numerous partners. He was also a time trial expert, winning several. He won four stages of the Vuelta a España, three of those in the 1971 Vuelta, which he led for 10 days.[2]

Pijnen rode on the road with TI-Raleigh, managed by another Dutch track specialist, Peter Post, but he said the length of road races bored him, and that he frequently found himself looking at his watch to see how much longer he would have to ride.[2]

After cycling

When he retired, he ran – among other enterprises he already started during his cycling career – a hotel in Bergen op Zoom, the Noord-Brabant region where he was born.

See also


  1. René Pijnen.
  2. 1 2 René Pijnen profile at Cycling Archives
Pijnen in July 1969
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