RMC Showcases ‘Twisted Cyclone’ Headed to Six Flags Over Georgia

By Scott Fais
Rocky Mountain Construction Press Conference

If the Hayden, Idaho, design studios at Rocky Mountain Construction (Booth #3491) were a kitchen, you would not find a cookie cutter in sight. Over the past several years, the company’s made a name for itself with a combination of original coasters and remaking older wooden rides with steel track.
“The conversions force each coaster to be different,” said Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) roller coaster designer Alan Schilke. “That’s what we pride ourselves on.” On Tuesday, Schilke joined James Geiser, corporate vice president of sales and marketing for Six Flags, to debut the lead car of “Twisted Cyclone,” headed to Six Flags Over Georgia in 2018.
“What’s so cool about this ride is that we take a classic [wooden] coaster, and put steel track on it and turn it into this amazing new thrill machine,” Geiser said.
“Twisted Cyclone” will be the seventh RMC wood-to-steel track conversion for Six Flags. Crews in Georgia spent this autumn removing the track from the former “Georgia Cyclone,” a mirror of the original “Coney Island Cyclone.” The new coaster will no longer feature white supports like its New York cousin, but will rather be painted gray.
“What was old is new again,” Geiser said of “Twisted Cyclone’s” fresh identity. The new trains are modeled after a 1960s sports car. Both the black car—on display at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017—and a red model will travel the steel-blue rails with a new element: the reverse cobra roll.
“Normally, most RMC coasters start off with airtime hills, and I pack the inversions at the end,” explained Schilke. “This one has the inversions right up front.” Planning the conversion that will include a total of three inversions started more than a year ago.
“It’s a big challenge every time,” RMC founder Fred Grubb said of the custom refurbishment process. “To have a company like this, and work with Alan, I am blessed.”