The 24-year-old claimed Great Britain's first medal of London 2012 with a dramatic second-place finish in the women's road race in what was the undoubted highlight of her career so far.
But the Yorkshire rider is keen for it not to be her only taste of glory on the global stage and hopes to accrue further honours over the next 12 months.
Top of her list is becoming world champion on a mountainous course in Florence, Italy, at the end of September, while regaining the British title on the same Glasgow route that will be used for the 2014 Commonwealth Games is another priority.
Armitstead also harbours ambitions of adding to her palmares in team colours, with the Tour of Flanders at the end of March highest on her agenda.
She told Sky Sports: "Flanders is my spring target and the national road race is also a big one because it is on the Commonwealth Games course, so that's important to show that I am strong on that kind of terrain.
"Then there is the worlds - they are my three main goals. The world championships is the pinnacle, it's the biggest race.
"The national title would mean a lot. I've won it once before [in 2011], but I'm very keen to get it back.
"There's something very different about wearing a national jersey. It makes you stand out."