Simply mentioning his nickname brings an immediate
association of the first cyclist tours of Cuba. No one like
this natural "guajiro" (person who lives in the country
side), born on September 8th, 1943, could give a singularity
to the most important road competition taking place in the island.
Pipián was born in a little village located in the town
of Madruga, southeast from Havana. That place witnessed the
displeasures of his childhood, like when he had to start working
in agricultural labors, mainly as a sugarcane cropper, at the
age of 11. It was imperative to help his "old man"
and the family.
He worked as a cane cropper until 1961, when he could save and
buy a bicycle, which served as his daily transportation means
for the more than 20 km (13 miles) between his job and his home.
Thus his started to love cycling, a sport that captivated him
forever in October 1961 when he took part and triumphed in a
He was immediately recruited and almost without training he
took part in the IX Central American and Caribbean Games Kingston'62
to end up fourth in the 4000 m team chasing competition.
He fully entered the history of Cuban cycling when he took part
in and won the first tour of Cuba in 1964. The success would
be repeated in the third, fifth, and sixth editions.
In the games of San Juan'66 he was third by teams. Four years
after that, in the eleventh edition of the Central American
and Caribbean Games in Panama, his team was second in the collective
rank and he was third individually.
In the VI Pan-american Games Cali'71 he won a bronze medal in
individual chasing and when he was dreaming of participating
in the Olympic Games of Munich'72, a car accident ended up with
Some years after that, On September 5th, 1979, he suffered another
car accident, this time driving his motorcycle. He fought for
life until October 2nd when we said the last good-bye to the
fairly called "king of the Cuban roads".