Used to be a climber..
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Well....I work in the general area, but obviously someone who actually lives there could give a much better idea....
It can be pretty congested, and the roads seem to suck in Providence itself. Near Brown University, it can be kind of steep in parts from what I've seen. Fortunately, Providence isn't very large, so I'm sure once you get familiar with the area, you'll be able to find a way out of the city pretty easily.
There's not much in the way of hills until you start getting out into the western part of the state and over into CT, so if you want to climb a bit you'll have to ride some. The good part about that is RI is small, so you don't have to go really far
The New England racing scene is probably the best in the country actually...especially if you like road races.