Michael Hepburn showed that he was going to be on Australia's radar for the next Olympic Games when he won the individual pursuit and was a part of the team pursuit that claimed silver at the 2009 Junior World Track Championships. He went on to help Australia claim to back-to-back podium finishes at the World Championships in the team pursuit. Having won the World Title in 2011, Hepburn and his teammates were edged out by the British by under 0.2 seconds in 2012.
Hepburn lined up alongside Glenn O’Shea, Jack Bobridge and Rohan Dennis in the teams pursuit at the London 2012 Games. The quartet qualified second fastest for the first round putting down a time of 3:55.694. The time was just over three seconds down on the Great British team that broke the World record in the process of clocking the fastest qualifying time.
The Aussies quickened to knock off the New Zealand team as they recorded a time of 3:54.317 and booked their spot in the final against the British. Hepburn and his team could not match it with the home team in the final as the British again broke their own world record with a time of 3:51.659 with the Australians posting a 3:54.581 to go home with the silver medal.