This year, the MS Bike event has taken a virtual approach and won't have the same need for course support. See the event page below for information about donating or participating if you'd like to.
MS Bike is a 2 day cycling event. Airdrie to Olds, stay overnight in Olds, and then Olds back to Airdrie on day 2.
The event is a fund raiser for the MS Society. There are large areas of the course where cellular coverage is marginal to nil, and the 'party line' aspect of a radio network over a well situated repeater is frequently highly useful.
Amateur Radio is deployed for course support - enhancing the communications ability for numerous mobile safety vehicles, SAG wagons (rider support), and the event's organizers and coordinators. It is also a significant deployment of APRS equipment - using APRS primarily for location tracking.
Event Page: https://secure3.convio.net/mssoc/site/TR/BikeTour/AlbertaandNorthwestTerritoriesDivision?pg=entry&fr_id=6975