Best Nostalgic Roller Coaster (2005)

The Cyclone

Amusement-park aficionados who feel pukey when confronted with the theme-park fluff of Six Flags Elitch Gardens should head to Lakeside and settle their stomachs on Colorado's most venerable roller coaster, the Cyclone. But don't expect to experience the gliding G-forces of today's modern steel rides: Built in 1940, the Cyclone clangs and jerks passengers through the dives and crests of the weatherbeaten wooden superstructure, making for some serious air time as thighs strain against the meager restraints and rears slide across the seats. Appropriately, the Cyclone is ranked as one of the few remaining classics by the American Coaster Enthusiasts, a group with over 8,000 active members.


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