Some of the places I’ve lived and trained on a bike:
Savannah, Georgia, Easton, Maryland, and New Hope, North Carolina, are all coastal cities. The cycling there is primarily flat. There’s wind, but there are no hills. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania there’s not much wind, there isn’t a level road in the city. In Pittsburgh you are screaming in pain on a climb or screaming in terror at 48 – 52 miles per hour going downhill. Cleveland, Ohio, where I lived near Lake Erie is flat. Kennesaw, Georgia has rolling hills and not much wind. Augusta, Georgia and Statesboro, Georgia had some hills and were easy on the wind for cycling.
Athens is unique. Athens has nice rolling hills with some decent climbs – nothing of the Pittsburgh caliber. What is unique is the wind. There’s always wind. The wind here is practically coastal in nature.
Wind is an environmental element that anyone who plays outside must deal. The only times, it seems, when the wind is calm are at times like these when I’m typing, glancing out the window, and see no limbs or leaves moving. Of course!