René Pijnen in 1975
|Full name||Marinus Augustinus Josephus Pijnen|
|Born||3 September 1946|
Woensdrecht, the Netherlands
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||72 kg (159 lb)|
|Discipline||Track and road|
|Rider type||Six-day / Madison race|
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.
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.
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.