There are several ways for families and less confident cyclists to take part in this great event - and raise sponsorship money for one of the three charities:
(1) Just do the ride from Deal Pier to Sandwich, where you can join in "Le Weekend" and the "Tour de Sandwich) see: http://www.open-sandwich.co.uk/community/events/le_weekend2011.htm
(2) Make your way to Canterbury, and join in the Cycling Festival in Dane John Gardens (see below)
(3) Sign up for the whole 16 mile ride to Canterbury, and get the train back!
Whichever you choose, it would be good to have a big crowd at Deal Pier for the 10am start.