Osher Günsberg is well known as a TV presenter of many shows including Australian Idol and The Bachelor, but as you’ll see in this interview, less well known is that Osher has a great passion and knowledge about all things cycling related. Osher hasn’t just kept this interest to himself, but has done something about it – multiple things in fact!
In 2020 Osher joined the Board of Directors of We Ride Australia, the peak national cycling advocacy group. He’s also an Ambassador and pro-active fund-raiser for World Bicycle Relief, a life-changing global charity. And he’s sharing his love for cycling indoors, especially through the covid era, via streaming his regular indoor cycling workouts to a large online community.
As a family man and relatively new dad, Osher understandably is also concerned about the type of city that his children will grow up in and shares his solution to transport issues and the future of people movement in major cities.
In this episode, you’ll hear more about these important aspects of Osher’s world and see that his interests and knowledge run much deeper than his TV persona might suggest.
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About Osher Günsberg
Osher Günsberg is one of Australia’s most recognisable media personalities and has been a guest in the living rooms of Australian’s for nearly 2 decades.
From his work on Channel [V] in the early 2000’s to seven seasons on Australian Idol, Osher was the first Australian to host live network prime time TV in the USA on Live To Dance (CBS). Currently, Osher hosts three formats within The Bachelor franchise – The Bachelor Australia, The Bachelorette Australia and Bachelor in Paradise, and is the narrator of Bondi Rescue (all Network 10). This year saw Osher’s return to live TV where he hosted season 1 of the smash-hit show, The Masked Singer Australia (Network 10).
The release of his memoir, Back, After the Break (HarperCollins Australia), became an instant best-seller and detailed Osher’s powerful, dark, funny and heart-wrenching story about life, love and living with mental illness. It was nominated for a 2019 ABIA for Best Biography Book of the Year and a LIVE show of the same name was produced and toured Australia, selling out nationally.
Osher is currently (2021) serving on the board of We Ride Australia and an ambassador for World Bicycle Relief.
Episode Summary Notes
Well-known TV presenter Osher Günsberg has a great passion and in-depth knowledge of all things cycling. In the first episode of influencers! Phil Latz explores how Osher first became interested in cycling, how his cycling has adapted since he became a husband and father and a sought after media personality.
Osher takes us on a journey through his experience overseas in the Netherlands, how the country consciously made the decision to become a healthy transport nation, and why he thinks Australia hasn’t been able to make the same steps forward in transportation solutions.
He shares how cycling and exercise have played a role in his physical and mental health and how his current endeavours on the board of the peak national cycling advocacy group We Ride Australia, and his passionate support as a fund-raiser and ambassador for World Bicycle Relief bring self-fulfilment.
Lastly, he explores what we as a nation can do to grow cycling and micromobility in 2021, why he thinks safe separated cycling infrastructure is the most important solution to congestion and transport issues and is the future of people movement in major cities.
Osher rounds off the interview with his grand vision for cycling and active transport in the future, encouraging everyone, no matter how young or old, to get back on a bike.