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California's Great America releases POV video of Gold Striker roller coaster's first run

Gold Striker construction image

California's Great America has begun testing its ambitious new wooden roller coaster, Gold Striker, and has released a point-of-view video of it in action.

The video, embedded below, was captured from the front row of the coaster, and shows off the ride's full circuit. Gold Striker stands at 108-feet-tall and will hit a top speed of 53.7 miles per hour at the base of its 103-foot first drop. The ride's track features a series of banked turns and "airtime" hills, as well as the "world's longest covered initial descent tunnel on a wooden coaster".

Gold Striker is based on plans that were originally put forward several years ago before being dropped. The initial designs for the coaster released by California's Great America did not include the tunnel, which has seemingly negated a feature that was billed as one of the ride's unique elements when it was first announced - the first drop that wraps around the 200-foot Star Tower observation tower.

The "First Rider" day for Gold Striker is tentatively scheduled for May 1, 2013. A full opening to the public should take place shortly thereafter.

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