Six Flags New England's Cyclone will be closing very soon, and July 20th will be the last chance to ride this classic wooden coaster. Cyclone originally opened as Riverside Cyclone, and was designed by William Cobb Associates. Riverside Cyclone opened in 1983 at Riverside Park, but now resides at Six Flags New England and goes by the name, Cyclone. This coaster has become rougher and rougher over the years, and generally has a negative reception with coaster fans and park goers alike. The closing of this coaster begs the question: What will this be replaced by? Or will it be replaced?
My guess is that the Cyclone's existing frame will be used to create a Rocky Mountain Construction Hybrid Coaster. A hybrid coaster is one created from both wood and steel, and in Rocky Mountain Construction's case, the track is steel, and the structure is wood. Some examples of a hybrid coaster include The New Texas Giant in Arlington, Texas, Iron Rattler in San Antonio, Texas, and Medusa Steel Coaster that just opened a few weeks ago in Mexico. The proof is that Six Flags has a good relationship with Rocky Mountain Construction, and they usually repair their older and rougher coasters with the hybrid coaster treatment. If the Cyclone turns out to be a Rocky Mountain Construction Hybrid Coaster, I will say that it will be a vast improvement from the old and rough Cyclone - I have ridden these types of coasters and they are very smooth and thrilling. Six Flags usually makes the announcement for each of their park's new attractions in late August, so stay tuned!
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