Specific Type: Wooden roller coaster
The Cyclone is a large wooden roller coaster located at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts. Opened in 1983 - back when the park was called Riverside Amusement Park - the ride was originally called Riverside Cyclone up until 1999, a year after the park was acquired by Premier Parks. Built by William Cobb & Associates, Cyclone is the larger of two wooden roller coasters at the park - the other being Thunderbolt.
After leaving the station, the train takes a turn to the right and ascends the chain lift hill. Upon reaching the top, riders drop down into a large 180 degree banked right hand turn before dropping again. The train travel upwards, the track twisting slightly to the right. Riders then travel over the hill and down into a turn to the left. While still turning, the train travels up, down and up again. Now travelling slowly, riders drop down to the ground and up into a large left hand turn. Another drop follows. The track then banks to the right before dropping down and up, making a 180 degree right hand turn. The train then takes a downward 90 degree turn to the left and travels up and over a hill. Riders then drop to the right and travel up and over two small hills before entering the brake run.
Like many older wooden roller coasters, Cyclone has become notoriously rough in recent years. Various modifications have been made to the ride. In 2001, the first drop was shortened by around 15 feet and in 2011, parts of the ride were retracked by Rocky Mountain Construction.
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