Funny you should suggest going by bicycle, I've been thinking of that myself, though I don't think it's going to happen.
I read that it was a great ride (without being too strenuous) in the 'Handbook of the Canadian Rockies'- I don't know if you've read that but it could well be of interest to you since you seem to be keen on the area. It's my sister's book, but if you're interested I could easily find out more details about it. It's mainly concerned with flora and fauna but there's a lot about the geology. Let me know and I'll find out the author, publisher etc.- it really is good.
If I remember all the climbs are very gradual- no steep hills whatsoever, but some are long, the climb/descent at Big Bend seems to stand out in my memory. Then, again, I was in a Ford Explorer at the time and was hardly viewing the road through a biker's eyes.
Tell me, was the altitude anything of a problem? If I remember, both Jasper and Banff are at around four thousand feet (though with a difference of a few hundred feet), and I've never ridden a bike at anything like that height. Dammit, Snowdon, Wales's highest mountain, is only 3560 feet after all.
Did you stop off at the Rogers Pass Visitors Centre? The Canadian Pacific Railway- now there's a name- battled its way through in 1885 and the road as the Trans Canada Highway was only completed as recently as 1962.
Thanks for that, Vaufi.
[This message has been edited by John Roberts (edited 28 January 2005).]