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Alberto Contador and Polartec-Kometa cowboy up in Arizona - Gallery

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Alberto Contador tries out his quick-draw skills during 'Western Night'

Alberto Contador tries out his quick-draw skills during 'Western Night'
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Jesus Hernandez enjoys a brief ride on the mechanical bull

Jesus Hernandez enjoys a brief ride on the mechanical bull
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The mechanical bull was a big hit on 'Western Night'

The mechanical bull was a big hit on 'Western Night'
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A Polartec-Kometa rider tries his hand at the quick-draw

A Polartec-Kometa rider tries his hand at the quick-draw
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Mechanical bull riding is not easy

Mechanical bull riding is not easy
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A Polartec-Kometa rider hits the deck after falling from the mechanical bull

A Polartec-Kometa rider hits the deck after falling from the mechanical bull
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Fran Conatdor practices his quick-draw technique

Fran Conatdor practices his quick-draw technique
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There was even time for a ride before 'Western Night'

There was even time for a ride before 'Western Night'
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Alberto Contador, Jesus Hernandez and Ivan Basso enjoy the western barbecue

Alberto Contador, Jesus Hernandez and Ivan Basso enjoy the western barbecue
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One of the Polartec-Kometa riders gets in on the marshmallows

One of the Polartec-Kometa riders gets in on the marshmallows
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A two-man country band provided entertainment

A two-man country band provided entertainment
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Polcartec CEO Gary Smith roasts a marshmallow in the Coyote Corral

Polcartec CEO Gary Smith roasts a marshmallow in the Coyote Corral
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Fran Contador wins his round of the quick-draw contest

Fran Contador wins his round of the quick-draw contest
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An open bar is always a hit at cycling events

An open bar is always a hit at cycling events
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Alberto Contador puts his 'El Pistolero' nickname to the test

Alberto Contador puts his 'El Pistolero' nickname to the test
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Fran Contador was aces on the quick-draw.

Fran Contador was aces on the quick-draw.
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A Polcartec-Kometa mechanic tests his luck on the mechanical bull

A Polcartec-Kometa mechanic tests his luck on the mechanical bull
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Hold on!

Hold on!
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A Polartec-Kometa rider hops on the mechanical bull

A Polartec-Kometa rider hops on the mechanical bull
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Another rough ejection from the mechanical bull

Another rough ejection from the mechanical bull
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Polartec-Kometa riders roast some marshmallows

Polartec-Kometa riders roast some marshmallows
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The riders, staff and guests gather for a photo during 'Western Night'

The riders, staff and guests gather for a photo during 'Western Night'
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A Polartec-Kometa rider swings his rope in the calf-roping test

A Polartec-Kometa rider swings his rope in the calf-roping test
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Alberto Contador practices his quick-draw technique

Alberto Contador practices his quick-draw technique
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Alberto Contador is all holstered up and ready to go

Alberto Contador is all holstered up and ready to go
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Training camps are not all long rides and even longer meetings, especially the first one of the new season for a brand-new team. For Polartec-Kometa, the new Continental team run by the Alberto Contador Foundation as a feeder program for Trek-Segafredo, there were plenty of alternative activities.

Title sponsor Polartec brought some of the team riders, staff and a slew of guests to the Ventana Canyon resort in Tucson, Arizona, for some riding, bonding and fun, which started with the Friday evening 'Western Night' in the resort's outdoor 'Coyote Corral.'

Barbecue and margaritas were on the menu, while a two-man country band entertained the crowd. The party eventually made its way to the day's real tests: the quick-draw duel, mechanical bull riding and simulated calf roping. It was a real Southwestern US experience for the riders, staff and guests from around the world.

As expected, 'El Pistolero' Alberto Contador was eager to test his skills in the quick-draw game, although his brother Fran appeared to have the upper hand there.

The training camp continues today with a ride through the Sagauro National Park and concludes with Sunday's excursion to Mt. Lemon. Click or swipe through the gallery above.